VOICER Acute water shortage results in daily violence
Dateline: Karachi - Recent
Date: 06/28/2003 12:00 AM
00 00 Children waiting with their water containers
00 05 Wide shot of children and women waiting with their water containers
00 08 Close up of girl waiting
00 11 Various of containers with people waiting to use tap
00 14 Woman sitting as tap fills container
00 17 Close up of container filling with water
00 19 SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Juma Khan Gul, local resident
00 30 Family pushing cart carrying containers of water
00 35 Close up of woman waiting while container fills with water
00 37 Wide shot of protesters blocking road
00 40 Burning tyre on the road
00 43 FX Policeman firing tear gas at protester
00 46 Wide shot of police
00 49 Pull out from containers to wide shot of people waiting to fill containers
00 54 Close up of hose filling containers
00 56 Children looking on
00 59 Wide shot of Hub Dam
01 02 People sitting on rocks next to water
01 05 Wide shot of buildings in Karachi
01 10 ENDS
Ongoing water shortages have led to skirmishes between the Pakistani authorities and residents of the port city of Karachi.
Temperatures during the summer months are frequently hitting 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in Karachi and rise above 50 (122) in many other parts of Pakistan.
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Queueing for water.
Some have waited for hours in the blistering heat to get their allocation.
The residents of Karachi's urban slums have been facing severe shortages since October, when authorities began rationing water.
This man says the children are missing school while they wait to make their collection.
SUPERCAPTION: Juma Khan Gul, local resident
Others say the water they have been given is dirty and they want the government to take immediate action.
Angered by the shortage, some protesters block roads and set fire to tyres.
The police respond with tear gas.
These demonstrations are the latest in a series of protests that have taken place in the province.
Over the past few years rainfall levels in the area have dropped.
The lack of rain has reduced water levels in Karachi's main reservoir.
Southern and western districts of Karachi have been worst affected by the shortages.