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Environmental Devastation in Pakistan

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By any measure, Pakistan’s environment is in ruins. The mayor of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, recently declared the city’s water and sewer system “on the verge of collapse.” The coastline nearby is ravaged by oil spills. And as the photos of Karachi below illustrate, that is just the beginning.



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Sifat-Ullah (far right) and two other boys scavenging oil from an oil spill in Karachi’s port area.


Canal filled with toxic waste from tanneries, contents include arsenic and chromium. Canal borders on Shaheen Public High School, Korangi Town, Karachi, Pakistan.

Mohammed, woodseller at Shamshatu refugee camp. Pakistan.

Child in lumber yard, Quetta, Pakistan

Fires burning along the banks of the Lyari River, Karachi, Pakistan. The river is completely polluted with sewage and toxic waste. It is Karachi’s main waterway.

Beach scene, Clifton area, Karachi, Pakistan. The water is so polluted by oil spills that no one baths in the water. The beach is littered wtih plastic bags.


Fires burning along the banks of the Lyari River, Karachi, Pakistan. The river is completely polluted with sewage and toxic waste. It is Karachi’s main waterway.

Two children on banks of a canal filled with toxic waste from Karachi’s tanneries, Korangi Town, Karachi, Pakistan.

Trash fire burning on the banks of the Lyari river, Karachi, Pakistan.

Young girl on barren ground, Shamshatu refugee camp.

Young boy praying at Shamshatu refugee camp. Environmental devastation is evident.



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