, said Iraqi Minister of Water Resources Hassan al - Janabi, the start of the Turkish government to fill Ilisu Dam , which was established on the Tigris River , which is directly observed on the Iraqi side of the river in the low levels of water. 

Janabi said in a press statement Saturday that the Turkish side began to dictate the dam, and we have an agreement with him on the share of water that is stored and quantities to be launched, and this agreement will continue until November.
Al-Janabi said that Iraq will meet with Turkish officials in November in Mosul to review the agreement and look at it according to the new data. 

Over the past two days, the dam's effects have begun to appear on the Tigris River in the capital Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul, significantly downstream, which has terrified citizens of drought that will hit their areas and crops. 

And broadcast activists on social networks video clips and pictures of the Tigris River in Baghdad and Mosul shows the magnitude of the decline in water levels, amid calls for the Iraqi government to intervene to reduce this decline and coordination with the Turkish side. 

The Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources has prevented the cultivation of a number of agricultural crops in the country, including Alshlab (rice), because of the drought that hit Iraq.

The Ministry said in a statement last week that due to the critical water situation in the country due to the lack of storage available in dams and reservoirs and the need to secure drinking water this year, the priority in the plan of the ministry will be to secure drinking water and planting orchards and industrial purposes, Acres of vegetables. 

This comes after the US space agency NASA warned in a new study of the decline of fresh water significantly in 19 hot areas around the world, especially in Iraq and Syria . 

In recent years, the two countries have increasingly relied on groundwater for the past two decades, as a result of twenty-two dams set up by Turkey on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers over the past three decades, making the region one of the hottest in the world.