KRG to build nine dams to fight drought

A view of Dukan Dam

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is planning to build nine dams across the Kurdistan Region as part of measures to reduce impacts of drought.

Authorities have warned that the Kurdistan Region is facing drought and shortages of water due to low rainfalls this year.

On Sunday, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Ministry of Planning as well as a representative of the Council of Ministers’ Diwan held a meeting to discuss the construction of dams.

“Nine big strategic dams will be constructed in the Kurdistan Region to fight drought,” the ministry of agriculture and water resources said in a statement.

“The ministry’s gate will be opened for presenting special proposals on the construction of dams and water projects,” it added.

In April, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said the KRG would allocate a budget to cope with a possible drought facing the Region.

The directorate of water in Sulaimani said in April that the level of water had decreased in both Dukan and Darbandikhan dams because of inadequate rainfalls and changes in water streams flowing into the dams.

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