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Iran deliberately cuts flow to river in Kurdistan, causes water crisis: Ministry of Agriculture


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Iran deliberately cuts flow to river in Kurdistan, causes water crisis: Ministry of Agriculture

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Iran deliberately cuts flow to river in Kurdistan, causes water crisis: Ministry of Agriculture
In addition to farming, Kurdistan uses water from the Lower Zab to produce electricity. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
 

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources on Saturday said Iran has deliberately cut water flow to the Lower Zab River in the Kurdistan Region town of Qaladze in Sulaimani Province.

According to a statement from the ministry, the cutting of the river’s water flow has caused locals several problems, the main one being access to a supply of drinking water. The statement noted that the area had not been provided with water on Saturday.

It added that the KRG was in contact with the Iranian consulate in the Kurdistan Region as well as the relevant authorities in an effort to resolve the issue.

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The cutting of the river’s water flow has caused locals several problems, the main one being access to a supply of drinking water.

Iran has restricted the flow of water to border towns in the past. Most recently, following the Region’s historic independence referendum on Sep. 25 where Tehran limited the water flow to the Lower Zab.

Also known as the Little Zab, the river originates in Iran and joins the Tigris just south of al-Zab in the Kurdistan Region.

The river is approximately 400 kilometers-long (250 miles) and drains an area of about 22,000 square kilometers (8,500 square miles).

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Photos circulating on social media show the severe affect the reduction in water flow has on the river.
 

In addition to farming, Kurdistan uses water from the Lower Zab to produce electricity, and a decrease in water flow has increased hydro problems in the Region.

The Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Abdulstar Majeed, has complained in the past of a deliberate reduction of water flow to the Kurdistan Region.

Last July, Majeed said Iran had reduced water flow to the Lower Zab by 80 percent.http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/3f735b9d-4161-41f6-abd9-4960858a28f5

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ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq and the Kurdistan Region face a serious water crisis as the governments of Turkey and Iran have been decreasing or cutting water supplies into the country’s rivers.

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Hassan al-Janabi, said on Saturday that the Turkish government had begun filling the newly-established Ileso Dam on the Tigris River.

The move has had a direct impact on the river supply which runs through Iraq and has seen a decrease in water levels across the country.

According to Janabi, Iraq has an agreement with Turkey regarding the amount of water that is stored in the dam and the quantity to be launched. He also revealed that an Iraqi delegation would visit Turkey soon to discuss the matter with Turkish officials.

The effects of the Turkish dam filling were noticed on Friday with a significant reduction of water levels in the Tigris River in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Mosul, and in the marshlands of southern Iraq, raising fears of drought which would affect the country’s livestock and agriculture.

 

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/6376fa97-d458-4c7e-a083-201ed2294c05

Turkey’s Ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yildiz wrote in a tweet that he was aware of concerns expressed by “the Iraqi people and friends,” and promised to take their worries to Ankara.

Yildiz noted that his country would not make any decisions without first consulting with Iraq. He added that Turkey had cooperated and communicated with Iraq in the past and had consulted Baghdad before filling the Ileso Dam.

Riyadh Ezadin, the Director of the Mosul Dam project, said the amount of water coming from Turkey had decreased by 50 percent.

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A map shows the dams located in Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. (Source: Gulf News) 

Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources on Saturday said Iran had deliberately cut water flow to the Lower Zab River in the Kurdistan Region town of Qaladze in Sulaimani Province.

Mohammed Grbadawi, a local activist in the town of Qaladze, told Kurdistan 24  the Iranian government’s cutting of the river’s water flow had affected agriculture, livestock, the local population’s access to a supply of drinking water, and caused the death of thousands of fish.

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Iraq needs to tap in to some of Israel's innovations.  They were slowly draining the Sea of Galilee before they built desalination plants.  Now even though they are 60% desert, they have no water shortage at all.  Israel has been sharing their desalination technology with third world countries so they can have clean, fresh water also.  If Iraq could get past the fact that they desperately hate the Jews, they could benefit from their superior innovations.

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