KARACHI: I would like to draw the attention of the Commissioner of Karachi, Syed Asif Haider Shah, to a neglected yet important matter. Without any doubt, the city administration has taken welcome initiatives for the protection of Karachiites from the predicted heatwaves — that will surely prolong excessively hot weather accompanied by high humidity — to provide the best possible treatment.
In previous months, many of the court hearings were regarding safety precautions from heatstroke. However, the hearings appeared very inattentive towards similar concerns for the flora and fauna in various amusement and family parks of the city. During heatwaves, animals may need to seek water outside their normal zones and they can be assisted by providing additional water sources as well as continuous availability of fresh water through small, artificial rain showers to maintain the greenery.
All over the city, a stark warning has been issued for preventative measures during heatwaves and various response centres have been set up to accommodate victims. Acknowledging this aspect, it is further suggested that centres provide a dose of glucose and medicines under veterinary supervision, and fresh water bowls be placed at certain spots all across the city for roaming birds to avoid dehydration.
Please tell the municipalities working under your authority to work on creating a water-sufficient environment for our animal friends, who are a crucial part of our ecosystem.
Syed Umar Hussaini
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2016.