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The Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Haidar Al-Abadi held a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security. The meeting was devoted to discussing the phenomenon of water scarcity in Iraq.
The Council listened to a presentation by the Minister of Water Resources, which included a plan to address the expected water scarcity for the current summer. The impact of the measures taken in neighboring countries, particularly the start of the filling of the Elissu Dam in Turkey, was also reflected. Necessary to strengthen water security during the summer period, where it was agreed to secure water quotas to meet the needs of citizens of drinking water and agriculture, taking into account the rational consumption of water.
The Council directed the relevant authorities, including the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ministry of Municipalities, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Finance, the Municipality of Baghdad and the security authorities to take the necessary measures to implement the water scarcity plan.
The Council also reviewed the developments in the processing of electric power to meet the needs of citizens. The Council stressed the need for provincial councils to adhere to quotas and do not exceed the energy to ensure the distribution of electric power between the provinces of the country.
The water levels of the Tigris River in the cities of Baghdad and Mosul have dropped so dramatically that it is possible to cross the river on foot after the Turkish government announced the start of the filling of the Elso dam, which was built on the river’s source in Turkish territory. The Iraqi side and the low level of its water.
In the meantime, the Iranian authorities cut the water of the “small Zab” from the province of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq again, which caused a crisis for the water project in the district of Qalza Daza province.
According to the declaration of the Directorate of dams in the Kurdistan Region, the Iranian action caused the crisis of providing drinking water.
Iraq has been suffering for years from a steady decline in water revenues through the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, exacerbated the water shortage crisis as well as the low rainfall in the country over the past years.