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Pakistan: The death of a lake by Amar Guriro April 16,2018   |  Source: Geo TV

Rabia Mohano is sitting in her house, a small wooden shed. Outside, she can clearly hear the soft lapping of the water and the thin, shrill wail of the wind. The teenager peaks out to observe her two pet pelicans, sitting lazily on a rock next to a large reservoir. Mohano lives on the edge of Manchar Lake, Pakistan’s largest freshwater lake. Yet, she cannot use the water. The practice of dumping agricultural waste has raised its toxins to dangerous levels.

Every day, the young girl must walk two kilometres to fetch water for her family. Her father is a traditional fisherman, who settled in a hut close to the Lake, stretching between the Dadu and Jamshoro districts of Sindh. On its west is the River Indus, where the Lake gets most of its water from. When Mohano was a small girl, her grandmother would regale her with stories of a legendary floating village. “She would say that an entire village used to float above the shores of the Manchar Lake,” Mohano tells Geo.tv, “Hundreds of families used to live in their boats.” But the Lake is now dying, and many fishermen have abandoned their water homes for land.

Manchar Lake is spread over 250 square kilometres in width, that can swell up to 500 square kilometres during the monsoon seasons. It is approximately 2.5 to 4

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