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Searching for water in the Pakistani desert

by Mahim Maher

March 27, 2011 | 3:03 pm

The Thar desert is about six hours by road from Karachi. The water here is completely unfit for human consumption because it has too much fluoride and arsenic. In fact, the levels are between 4,000 to 5,000 ppm, which is well above the WHO standard. I will be able to comment more on this a little later. But I wanted to share a photo I took of a hut outside Mithi town. A non-profit called the Sukaar Foundation is doing some good work there helping villagers harvest or collect and store rainwater for the dry season. The water they get from the wells is hard. I’ll post more later.

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I am a 33-year-old journalist in Karachi, Pakistan where I work as the city or metropolitan editor for The Express Tribune, a daily national newspaper in English affiliated...

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