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Soil Physico-Chemical Characteristics As Influenced By Heavy Floods In Selected Sites Of Charsadda and Nowshehra Districts.

Soil Physico-Chemical Characteristics As Influenced By Heavy Floods In Selected Sites Of Charsadda and Nowshehra Districts

Report By: Prof. Dr. Sajida Perveen, Dr. Dost Muhammad

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Department of Soil & Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Crop Production Sciences
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University
Peshawar, Pakistan


PREFACE
The most devastating floods in the history of Pakistan which began in late July 2010 hit approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land and adversely affected about 20 million people mostly by inundating their property, livelihood and infrastructure with a death toll close to 2,000. At least 723950 homes were submerged or damaged in 10,721 affected villages across the country in addition to destruction of 10,000 ha of field crops in KPK and 567,000 ha in Punjab. The floods affected more people than total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir and the 2010 Haiti earthquakes.

After the flood, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University, Peshawar established a task force of its scientists to assess and gauge the damages occurred to agricultural infrastructure, field crops, orchards and soil resources and recommend rehabilitation activities to restore the agricultural productivity of the flood affected areas. Prof. Dr. Zahir Shah who was the member of the task force identified certain sites that were badly affected.


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