By Nazar Abbas
In the Cholistan desert, due to long dry spell and intense heat the ponds and the grass are drying up and the desert climate is becoming more hostile to life.
According to the locals, they are facing almost drought like situation as there has been no rainfall over the past seven months resulting in the deaths of more than 200 of livestock including cows.
Due to depleting water and food resources to sustain life, the death toll of animals continues to rise.
Abdul Jabbar of Cholistan told PakVoices, “We are very worried as the dry spell is killing our animals and there is no one to help us.”
So far, there are no reports of human casulities in the desert as people continue to leave the desert in search of water.
During my recent visit to the Cholistan desert for reporting the alarming situation arising out of the dry spell, I observed that the extent of the damage will be known after some time as far flung parts of the desert are still inaccessible to the media due to difficult terrain.
While passing through the desert, dead animals could be seen lying every few kilometers.
Water supply lines have also dried up in the wake of the dry spell in the Cholistan desert.
Due to the drought-like situation, many locals have started migrating, while Camels, often known as Cholistan’s plane, have also fallen sick affecting their performance.
Abdul Majeed of Cholistan said, “Due to the water crisis, the green grass has dried up and ponds from where animals drink have also gone dry.”
Local residents fear that if arrangements for water supply are not made on emergency basis then drought will engulf the whole Cholistan.
Nazar Abbas is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from the Cholistan.
All photographs by the author.
Translated by Aneela Riazuddin
Edited by Hasan Khan