KARACHI - Irrigation and Power Department, government of Sindh has said that the water shortage problem of Sindh province has been overcome to a great extent except very few areas of some hard flow canals like Warah and NWC besides Rice Canal, which have been supplied water very late due to inadequate pond level of Sukkur Barrage owing to lesser river flows, said Sindh governments spokesman. Responding to IRSAs opinion for not releasing water to Balochistan by Sindh province, he said that the main reason for shortage was that during the current Kharif season, the Sindh province received very late water supply for the canal system. Normally for cultivation purpose there is some staggering in cropping as some areas carry out plantation in early Kharif season and some during the middle and late Kharif season. This year since full water supply was late received and instead of staggering a cumulative demand the problem of water shortage has created. For this situation in Sindh, IRSA is also responsible, he said. It was anticipated in the IRSA Advisory Committee meeting, held on March 31, that there will be 18 per cent shortage during the early Kharif season (April 1 to June 10) and 12 per cent shortage during the late Kharif season (June 11 to September 30). That will be shared by the provinces proportionate to their allocations as per Para-2 of the Water Accord 1991. But due to mis-regulation of water by IRSA, the Sindh province did not get its due share and faced more shortage from April 1 to June 30, 2010 as compared to other provinces. Sindh was given the required full supply discharge in July 2010. During the months of April to June though there was plenty of water available in the river systems but IRSA inspite of Sindhs requests did not release water from Jhelum - Chenab Rivers as there were better inflows compared to Indus. Instead of supplying water timely to Sindh province from Jhelum - Chenab rivers, IRSA besides giving more water to other provinces also filled Mangla Dam at a very early stage from April 2010. Consequently, Sindh only received water when the supplies in Indus and Kabul Rivers were improved as a result Sindh got required discharge in July, which is the main cause of creation of this water shortage in Sindh, he said. During this period (April to June) Sindh kept on requesting IRSA to give supplies to Sindh from Jhelum - Chenab rivers and give proportionate equal shortage to all provinces, which was ignored by the IRSA. Thus it is evident that the reason for water shortage in Sindh is that the full supply of Kharif to Sindh was given only in July and Sindh suffered a shortage of 41 per cent during April, 41 per cent during May and 40 per cent during June. River supplies have now been improved and it is likely that the water shortage problem in some areas of Sindh will also be overcome very soon, he concluded.