The pollution of Manchar Lake has had widespread implications. As well as drastically curtailed fish stocks narrators tell of the devastation to birdlife, affecting both food supply and income.
They also cite the loss of reeds and grasses (a source of income from making mats, and of cheap building materials), and greatly reduced crop yields due to waterlogged and polluted soil. Livestock also suffered as fodder supplies were similarly affected.
Drought and polluted pastures have reduced or destroyed livestock holdings for Chhutta (who migrated to Sanghar city) and for Karim Bux, a farmer by Manchar Lake:”Not only was our agriculture destroyed, but our cattle died.”
Khamiso also describes the wider impact of the pollution, especially the loss of reeds and grasses, saying older people now survive on one meal a day.