The QANAT: March 15-21

“…drought proves the central authorities have, until now, paid little attention to water conservation projects, said Bai Enpei, governor of Yunnan”  No end in sight to prolonged drought in southChina Daily
“We shouldn’t celebrate [big projects] as a triumph over nature,” Ma said. “We should humbly think about how we got cornered into such a situation.” As economy booms, China faces major water shortage Washington Post


“Twelve of the 14 cities in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region are affected by drought, the regional flood-control and drought relief authority announced Monday. ” Drought forecast to worsen in Guangxi China Daily
“The current soil conditions are still suitable for corn in the next 10 years. Then farmers can plant radishes, which are more salt-tolerant,” she said. “However, when radishes can’t be planted anymore after 10 years, what should they plant?” Wen asked.” Drought biggest threat to agriculture China Daily
“In March 2008, icy water flooded 11 villages and a township in Hangjin banner, causing the evacuation of around 13,000 people. About 20,000 homes were destroyed and more than 33,000 livestock died.” Workers race against thawing ice on Yellow River China Daily
“Much of Syria’s farmland is irrigated by flooding, which wastes water, instead of through pipes and tubes, Mr. Yazigi said. “Modernization of agriculture has been neglected.” Water Crisis Grips Syria New York Times
“Coupled with mismanagement of water resources, Pakistan’s woes are compounded by rising silt levels in Indus waters, deforestation and rising temperatures.” India links Pakistan’s concerns on water to ‘mismanagement’ Daily Times
“I’m concerned,” [President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono] said. “If the world fails to prevent the possibility of interest clashes in the search and control over food, energy and water resources, these aspects will become new sources of global conflict and prompt wars.” Food, energy security may spark conflict The Jakarta Post
“The local government has been rationing water to each household in the village since January, but just a meager amount, enough to keep everyone alive.” Waiting for a miracle called rain China Daily


“A family that makes $100 a month can spend as much as a quarter of that on water, which, elsewhere in Pakistan, costs pennies and flows out of household taps.”  Karachi ‘water mafia’ leaves Pakistanis parched and broke Los Angeles Times
“There is a real danger of governments signing up to the human right to water, without committing to the additional finance required by local government to deliver that right.” Another bad idea which we need to act on Global Water Intelligence

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