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THAR WHERE THE DEATH DANCES

Tharparkar is the name of the region where death has staged a sit-in against life. Thar region is the place in Pakistan where death dances and the humans are forced to view. Every passing day we hear the flora of life withering there due to hunger and the callous behavior of the ruling people. No doubt, the inadequate and erratic rain patterns make the Thar Desert a drought-prone region. The latest drought has been ongoing since 2013 and has taken a heavy toll on people living in the area. The prolonged dry spell has made worse the life in Thar where years of below-average crop production and losses of cattle have left the inhabitants with food insecurity and malnutrition. Lack of clean water and sanitary situation has added much to their plight. The prime target of death is the new born babies and infants. On 5 November 2018, nine more infants died from complications caused by malnutrition, waterborne diseases and viral infections in drought-hit Thar towns of Mithi, Kaloi and Nagarparkar on raising the death toll to 544 this year so far. Until the government in collaboration with the relevant organizations takes solid steps the countdown of death will continue. Out of nine seven children died in Mithi Civil Hospital. As far as the death causes are concerned, the health officials and local people took different viewpoint. Health officials took the government's line of arguments and said that most of the children dying in hospitals were underweight, a result of child marriages and lack of birth spacing. On the other hand, close relatives and Parents of the victims complained about lack of healthcare facilities in their villages because of which they had to travel several miles to take their ailing babies to Mithi. Tharparkar is the name of the region where death has staged a sit-in against life. In fact, name of the region is the derivative form of words Thar and Parkar. The name Thar is from Thul, the general term for sand region or sand ridges and Parkar literary means “to cross over”. The region was earlier known as Thar and Parkar, later they became one word. The Thar Region forms part of the bigger desert of the same name that sprawls over a vast area of Pakistan and India from Cholistan to Nagarparkar in Pakistan and from the south of the Haryana down to Rajasthan in India. There is no stream of fresh water in the region. However, in Nagarparkar there are two perennial springs, namely Anchlesar and Sardhro, as well as temporary streams called Bhatuyani River and Gordhro River which flow during the rainy season. There are some hilly tracks called Parkar. The Granite Marble has been found there. “Karoonjhar Mountain” is near to Nagarparkar. There are no lakes, glaciers, plains in the district. This district is mainly a desert area.