Iraqi minister: we are exposed to a water blockade of Iran , these details[/size]
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In a lecture on the water situation in the country, al-Janabi said that Iran has started to build dams on high rivers that come to Iraq, especially the Lower Zab and the Diyala River.
During the lecture in Erbil, the minister presented pictures showing the Iranian dams, noting that Tehran has already completed "a large part of it and the other under construction."
He explained that "Iraq completed its last dam in that region in the fifties of the last century, the dam Darbandakhan, built by King Faisal II and opened by President Abdul Karim Qasim in 1956."
"The Iranian dams will control all our revenues in Darbandikhan and reduce our revenues by a very large percentage," Janabi said. "The Iranian dams are small, but they are numerous and make them look like a big dam."
The Executive Director of the Iranian water resources management company, Mohammad Reza Haj Rasooli, on October 7, the establishment of 109 dams water within the five-year plan at a cost of 150 trillion riyals.
The tributaries of the Tigris River, which come from Iran, whether seasonal or permanent, are 30 tributaries, and feed the river with 12 percent of its water imports. Iran has diverted most of its routes into its territory and built several dams, including 5 dams on the Karun River.
The Kurdistan Regional Government said earlier that Iran "completely changed the course of the Karoon River, and set up three large dams on the river Karkh, after these rivers are the main sources of water of the region and Iraq as a whole."
The low level of water in Iraq poses a real problem, especially after the impact of Iran's transformation of the tributaries to the cities and surrounding areas, especially Basra, which witnessed a massive demonstration since last July due to the crisis of water shortage and pollution and deterioration of services.
The decline in water levels from Turkey and Iran has led to fears in Iraq that the Tigris water supply has been reduced to half the volume after Turkey began operating the Elso dam, which was completed in January 2018.
Since June, salinity Malhi) coming from the Arabian Gulf to the north of the Shatt al-Arab, the only source of water for the province of Basra.
Shatt al-Arab consists of the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers north of Basra. As a result of the decisions of Turkey and Iran, the water level in the river has decreased, allowing it to increase the reception of the salty Gulf waters.