The impacts of damming projects by Iran on SIrwan river and low level of precipitation, Kalar, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 24, 2021. Photo courtesy of social media
SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has allocated 2.5 billion Iraqi dinars ($1.7 million) to confront the drought and lack of drinking water in the Kurdistan Region.
The dedicated cash will be used for
securing potable water to the households as the first step in the provinces and independent administrations, the KRG Department of Media and Information said in a statement.
On April 26, KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said that
a special budget had been allocated for drought after a meeting with several ministers and officials.
The Kurdistan Region faces water shortages
due to a low level of precipitation in the year and upstream damming projects by
Iran and Turkey on the water flows entering the Region.
Iran and Turkey are constructing a network of dams and channels on Sirwan, Little Zab, Great Zab, the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
In May, the KRG Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources said nine dams will be constructed to contain water.