2010 – Water and Climatic Difficulties

Unfortunately, for the last years, the summer monsoon coming from India has not been able to cross the Himalayan barrier. This has resulted in the rain, very abundant in the summer of 2010 in Pakistan and India, becoming more and more scarce in Central Tibet, at times appearing as brief but very intense storms. In fact, this year, two rivers located in the region that receives aid from the Association, and which were usually reliable sources of water, are practically dry.

The arid climate, which is now very dramatic, has subsequently caused an increasing loss of harvest for most
families, which in turn, lowers their modest economy that is derived mainly from agricultural activities. Thus, the technique adopted last year in Singma Village – drilling to a depth of about 60 meters to access a rich body of water, which now thanks to the digging and installation of a piping system feeds a tank with water for both irrigation and domestic uses – becomes more and more important. Until now, a major problem has been the high cost of running a pump to bring the water to the surface, although soon a new innovation should bring much needed change to the aided villages. The electricity pylons, that until now ran from the city of Shigatse to the next major town, without serving the villages they pass through, should very soon all be linked together. This will allow for the use of electricity to run the hydraulic pump with subsequent lower costs.

Thanks to funds received in 2009, a second irrigation tank is about to be built in Gangchen Village, and we hope to adopt as soon as possible the same technology in other villages where water is the primary necessity.

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