Resources: There is no indication of an increase in water storage yet
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Baghdad: Shatha Al-Janabi
The Ministry of Water Resources expected that the current and upcoming heavy rains would contribute to creating an effective positive impact on irrigated agricultural lands in several regions of the country, stressing that there has been no sign of an increase in the country’s water reserves yet.
Minister Aoun Dhiab Abdullah said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: The country will witness heavy rainfall during the current days and subsequent weeks of the current and next months, in the northern, northeastern, central and southern regions, according to indicators and satellite images that the ministry periodically reviews.
He pointed to the contribution of the recent rains, in providing the first irrigation for a number of agricultural lands in the irrigated areas, and that what fell during the current week will provide all irrigated areas, noting that the country’s water reserves have not indicated an increase yet, despite the falling rains, but he expects that It will have a positive impact on it during the next short period, as it will focus specifically on the northern and northeastern regions, such as the front of the Mosul Dam, while Al-Hatla will be transformed after it, into Lake Tharthar.
Abdullah stated that the recent rainfall was concentrated on the front of the Darbandikhan, Dokan, Hamrin and Al-Azim dams, while the upcoming rains in the eastern regions, such as Kirkuk, Al-Azim and Diyala, will affect the dams’ storage, with the continued presence of other air depressions coming during the current and next months, usually the continued rainfall over the Basin. The Karun River, and its tributary, the Shatt al-Arab, with qualitative and quantitative imports, are in very good condition. He noted that if the torrents flow from the eastern side of the country, they can be diverted to the Tigris River and then head to the Hawizeh Marshes and the central marshes instead of going to the Shatt al-Arab. He noted that the torrents coming from the eastern Tigris and the Shuweija Marshes descend through waterways and flow directly into the Tigris River. As for the floods coming to the swamps, they need dams to harvest them.
Edited by: Mustafa Majeed
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