World Water Day was celebrated across the globe on March 22 with the focus on taking steps to ensure water and food security, especially in third world countries like Pakistan, African countries, Bangladesh, Sudan and India. Population is fast growing in every country while natural resources are also depleting at the same speed. Policy makers appear to be least interested in highlighting the basic issues of the people living in a global village, let alone solution to the haunting and grave problems.
Meteorological experts believe that weather patterns have totally changed for the past quite some time. Therefore, the prospects of natural disasters like floods, famine and drought have increased up to a significant extent. They have been forewarning the policy makers to devise strategies on how to handle the upcoming disasters and provide water, food and shelter to the people. Snow fall in different countries have decreased significantly while ratio of rain has also went down owing to the change in weather patterns.
An intelligence assessment released on Thursday and prepared by National Intelligence Estimate was distributed to policy makers in October last year. According to this report, water shortages could be next potential war weapons between states in future. The report also warned that the governments and policy makers should devise strategies on how to avoid war-related state conflicts. It, however, also claims that these types of conflicts were not expected in the next 10 years.
People have been talking on the issue that water resources and shortage of the commodity can lead different nations and neighboring countries to war if timely attention is not given to resolve the problem. Experts say that ground water level is also depleting with the passage of time owing to less rains and snowfall. There were cities and countries where it rained for hours almost daily but now the rain has become a rare commodity for residents of these cities and countries.
Water shortage will automatically lead to less production of crops like wheat and maize. Though the today’s generation has not seen famine but it can struck at their doors in the upcoming years. Famine is now considered a relic of the past but according to the report the menace can struck different countries in the coming years.
The reports also highlight, that terrorists can exploit water shortage in different countries and turn the disaster into potential weapons of war to gain their vested interests and achieve nefarious targets. The report is prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence with the help of Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and other spy agencies of the country while other important aspects were also kept in mind while preparing the report.
The situation poses an opportunity for the United States and third world countries to mend their ways and seriously deliberate on contents of the issue haunting the future generations.