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Pakistan Faces Possible Drought


Pakistan's Meteorological Department says the country is facing a possible drought with no significant rain expected in the next two months.

Head of meteorology Qamar-uz Zaman Chaudhry told reporters in Islamabad Sunday that moderate drought conditions already exist in southwestern Baluchistan province and are likely to spread to other parts of the country.

Chaudhry said Pakistan had lower than average rain and snow last winter and he asked water management agencies to use the available water resources as judiciously as possible.

Meanwhile, in neighboring India, the meteorological department also predicted a "below normal" monsoon season.

The monsoon rains last from June to September and are a key factor in an agricultural economy. But they also cause widespread floods, killing hundreds of people and leaving thousands homeless.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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