Experts express concern over Delta destruction in Kotri downstream.

HYDERABAD -- Experts and environmentalists at a seminar have expressed grave concerns over the destruction of the Indus Delta due to the lack of flowing water in the Kotri downstream of the Indus River and said the paucity of water in the Kotri downstream has severely affected aquatic organism, plants and wildlife.

They appealed the concerned quarters to conduct further research on the Indus Delta in order to know about the exact statistics of destruction and demanded that steps be taken to ensure the supply of water towards Kotri downstream in the required quantity so that the sea rise might be halted which had been playing havoc in the concerned areas.

They said this while addressing a seminar themed 'Climate Change in Indus Delta' which was organized by the Coastal Studies Research Center of Sindh University Thatta Campus in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan at the campus here on Thursday.

The seminar was presided over by Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) Dr Rafique Ahmed Memon.

In his presidential remarks, Dr Rafique Memon said that the climate change, increase in pollution and non-supply of required fresh water to the Arabian sea through the Indus River below Kotri barrage had wrecked havoc in Thatta and Badin districts and the sea level had been risen from time to time which had resulted in devastation of fertile lands and affected local population.

'Dangerous environmental effects can be felt on the vast Indus Delta of Sindh. This is alarming for local populace, aquatic as well as wildlife', he said.

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