Water level at Darbandikhan dam drop by over 11 meters

9/6/2021 09:22:00

On Tuesday, the Darbandikhan Dam administration announced the decrease in the water level in the Darbandikhan Dam.


Rahman Khani, director of the Darbandikhan Dam, said during a special statement to PUKmedia, that the water level in the dam has decreased by 11 and a half meters compared to last year.


He indicated that the dam has a water void of one and a half billion cubic meters this year.


Khani attributed this to the lack of rain and snowfall, in addition to the reduction in water releases coming from Iran as it has dams on the Sirwan River which is the main water flow that fall into the Darbandikhan Dam.


He said that the percentage of water entering the Darbandikhan Dam during the month of March of this year was zero.


Kurdistan Region has witnessed a relatively low rain and snowfall during the past winter and the current spring in compression with the previous years which has raised concerns for many, especially farmers who greatly rely on water for agriculture. 


Iraq is the world's fifth-most vulnerable nation to the effects of climate change, including water and food insecurity, according to the UN.


The Kurdistan region falls within the Mediterranean climate zone. According to a 2020 analysis by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Mediterranean basin has already been widely affected by global warming, and seasonal rainfall could fall by 40 percent over the next three decades.






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