— Richard Florida
By the year 2025, the historic city of Thatta may have vanished right off the map of Sindh. According to MPA Humaira Alwani, sea erosion is taking away 80 acres of land a day, and at this rate, in just over a decade, the city will have disappeared. The inundation of salt water has already meant the loss of millions of acres of fertile land, causing huge damages to farmers. It has been reported in the past that some have lost their lands altogether and have been forced to become tenants on others’ lands or take up different professions.
The issue is linked also to the declining volume of water in the River Indus, allowing the sea to move further in. According to the MPA, all seven ports of the city are already gone. The solutions evidently lie in sorting out water disputes between the provinces and ensuring each of them receives a fair deal. The issue of sea erosion is an extremely grave one in river delta areas. It cannot and must not be ignored. There are also other land loss issues to look into. In Punjab and elsewhere salinity and water-logging take away fertility from lands at a massive scale. All this has an impact on food security and the people’s welfare. It is a matter that needs urgent attention so that places like Thatta can be saved and further suffering of their people be avoided.