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06 Aug 2018 description

By Peer Muhammad

BADSWAT, Pakistan, Aug 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a glacial lake burst in Pakistan's northern Gilgit-Baltistan province in July, Sher Baz watched helplessly as the waters swept away his family home.

Residents of Badswat village, which lies in Ishkoman valley at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountain range's snow-capped peaks, were at the mercy of the flash flood that carried off homes, roads and bridges, as well as crops and forest.

15 Jun 2018 description

by Rina Saeed Khan | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Water available per person is set to reach a tenth - or less - of what it once was, experts say

ISLAMABAD, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan's water crisis has become increasingly visible in recent months: levels in the largest dams are low; parched irrigation canals mean farmers in the south planted less cotton; and the commercial capital Karachi has long queues at hydrants.

01 Jun 2018 description

"Temperatures we used to record in June and July are now being recorded in March," Pakistan's weather agency says By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, May 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nawabshah, a city in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, made headlines last month when it hit what may be a new record world temperature for April: 50.2 degrees (122 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the World Meteorological Organization.

25 May 2018 description

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

MARDAN, Pakistan, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Adil Khan's hopes for a good harvest are fading again this year as he inspects his orchard of apricot and loquat trees in the mountains of Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Usually, fruit in the five-acre family orchard is ready to pick only by the last week of May. But this year, and in other recent years since 2013, much of the harvest has ripened by mid-April – nearly a month ahead of schedule.

16 May 2018 description

by Roshan Din Shad | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 01:08 GMT

With radios and better data, 'we will be able to respond to any disaster in the state more quickly and efficiently'

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When major floods hit Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in 2016, Jawad Hussain, a worker at the local government disaster agency, had to wait hours to receive updates on what kind of help was needed and where.

02 May 2018 description

By Rina Chandran

BANGKOK, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Refugees in India's western state of Maharashtra have been granted land ownership rights 70 years after fleeing what is now Pakistan, when the countries were violently partitioned at independence, officials said.

The move is part of a wider push to give more rights to certain refugee groups in different parts of India.

28 Mar 2018 description

From Pakistan to the Philippines, violent confrontations over land and resources have risen sharply in recent years

By Rina Chandran

BANGKOK, March 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments in Asia are not doing enough to stop conflicts over land and resources getting increasingly bloody, according to activists who are calling for a regional pact to protect people from violence in land disputes.

19 Mar 2018 description

By Rina Saeed Khan

ISLAMABAD, March 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is causing glaciers around the world to melt, raising the risk of flooding and other problems. But residents of a remote area of Pakistan face floods for the opposite reason – their glaciers are growing.

Experts say that more than 120 glaciers in Pakistan's north are stable, or even growing rapidly, in a phenomenon called the "Karakoram Anomaly".

21 Feb 2018 description

The Kuchi nomads traditionally migrate in winter from eastern and central Afghanistan to graze their herds inside Pakistan.

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH, Feb 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donors have refused to support 200,000 nomadic herders in Afghanistan who are running out of food and stranded with their dying animals after Pakistan closed the border, blocking access to pastureland, an aid group said on Monday.

15 Feb 2018 description

A decade of drought forced Pakistan's wheat farmers to change to less lucrative crops, but a timely forecast of rains brought fresh hope

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In early November last year, Muhammad Islam was surprised by news from the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

The 40-year-old farmer learned that good rains were forecast for the crucial wheat growing months of November and December.

25 Nov 2017 description

by Waqar Mustafa | Thomson Reuters Foundation

System aims to capture floodwater and monsoon runoff to boost food production in climate change-hit region

LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most of Tajammul Abbas's 17 acres of farmland produces nothing but fodder for his buffalo and three goats. His land, and that around him in Punjab province, depends on rain to grow crops and rainfall has become much more uncertain as climate change takes hold, leading to lost harvests.

11 Nov 2017 description

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | @saleemzeal | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 10 November 2017 01:20 GMT

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When an unseasonal and potentially deadly heatwave loomed on weather forecasts last month, authorities in this port city took an unusual step: They issued a public warning, a full week in advance.

18 Oct 2017 description

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | @saleemzeal | Thomson Reuters Foundation

A new plan aims to take a hard look at two big problems: Uncollected trash clogging sewers and construction on drainage systems

KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In late August, a month's worth of rain fell on Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi in two days, leaving residents wading through waist-deep water, amid stalled vehicles and the bodies of dead animals floating through the streets.

03 Aug 2017 description

Researchers said it is likely that millions of people in South Asia will be forced to move

By Chris Arsenault

TORONTO, Aug 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world's population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, scientists warned on Wednesday.

12 Jun 2017 description

By Megan Rowling and Andrew Mambondiyani

BARCELONA/HARARE, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a big earthquake, flash flood or other sudden disaster hits, aid agencies spring into action with emergency responses and public appeals for donations. With droughts, it's different.

If the rains don't come, it can take months for the effects to be felt by poor rural families. Hunger kicks in only after crops fail, food stocks are exhausted and livestock start dying - but by then, help often comes too late to head off the worst.

29 Mar 2017 description

Countries such as Pakistan, Iran and India, which use the most groundwater to grow food, are already suffering from water scarcity

By J.D. Capelouto

LONDON, March 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers around the world are using an unsustainable amount of well water to irrigate their crops – which could lead to an uptick in food prices as that water runs low, international researchers warned Wednesday.

28 Mar 2017 description

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Many farmers are adopting drip irrigation and laser levelling to conserve water, but costs for these technologies are out of reach for poor farmers

BAKRANI, Pakistan, March 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since his father died in 2011, Moeez Assadullah has been looking after his family's farm alone.

16 Feb 2017 description

"They sleep hungry for nights here. It is cold, they have nothing, no money and they feel they have to do it"

By Lin Taylor and Valeria Cardi

BELGRADE, Feb 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wrapped up in grey blankets, migrant boys, some as young as 10, warm themselves by a fire in a large, abandoned warehouse near the main railway station in Serbia's capital Belgrade.

Hungry, destitute and cold, they are often visited by Serbian men who offer to pay them for sex - knowing some are so desperate that they will do anything to survive.

13 Feb 2017 description

As climate change brings more weather extremes and unpredictable weather, Pakistan's schools are adapting

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a two-week winter break, school in Islamabad started as usual at the beginning of January – but Shumaila Nelofar's two children did not go.

19 Dec 2016 description

"It is extremely disturbing for me to learn that after all these years, we are still being treated as foreigners."

By Umer Ali and Abdur Rauf Yousafzai

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 40 years after seeking sanctuary in Pakistan, Nusheen Bibi lives in fear of being expelled from the only country she has ever known.

Bibi was only three when her family fled the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan - some of more than 6 million Afghan refugees who crossed into neighbouring Pakistan and Iran.