Environment degradation alarming in Karachi

STAFF REPORT KHR: Population influx in Karachi is causing alarming levels of environmental pollution and health hazards. People from all provinces of the country are settling in the metropolis for jobs and other businesses, increasing air, sea and water pollution and depletion of natural resources.

As of April 2013, Karachi has an estimated population of 23.5 million people and is the third largest populous city of the world. While the government has taken no significant action to control the population rise, and the city?s resources are declining while levels of pollution are gradually rising.

According to the National Forum for Environment and Health, Karachi generates 25 tons of garbage on daily basis, of which only 25 per cent is being disposed of. Except for the posh localities, the city?s streets have become dumping sites for garbage as the local bodies are not properly carrying out their duties.

Due to the population explosion, people are being forced to drink polluted water and many of them have been affected by waterborne diseases like diarrhoea and vomiting.

Environment experts stress the need for implement the environmental laws to ensure a safe environment in the megalopolis. Owing to a rise in vehicles in the city, smoke pollution has also jumped to an alarming level. Resultantly, people are experiencing respiratory diseases.

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