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Special budget for combating drought amid low rainfall: DPM Talabani

  2021-04-26  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Water level at Duhok Dam has lowered by 8.6 meters, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 20,2021. Photo by Mazn Shangali/ Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI– Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said that a particular budget had been allocated for combating drought in the Kurdistan Region.

Authorities, more notably in Sulaimani governorate, have warned of the lowering levels of water resources amid a low level of rainfall in 2021.

On Monday (April 26), Talabani held a meeting with several senior officials including Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Karim Sleman, Sulaimani, Erbil, Halabja and Duhok governors and Raparin and Garmian supervisors along with representatives from the Ministries of Municipalities and Tourism and Planning. 

The impacts of drought and low level of rainfall in 2021 and the plans by the KRG and the relevant sides to confronting the issue were discussed during the meeting, the KRG said in a statement. 

“I authorized the relevant sides for cooperation to reduce the damage and the government’s plans to counter the issue was presented, part of what will be for the upcoming year in forms of constructing small reservoirs," Telabani said in a statement

A special budget was allocated to reduce the economic damage of the drought on the different sectors and prioritize providing clean water for people, read the statement. 

The KRG will talk with the federal government to “be supportive in resolving any problems facing the Region due to the impacts of drought.” according to the KRG. 

Iran has built several upstream projects on the streams entering the Kurdistan Region’s lakes, small rivers and other water flows. 

“It was emphasized the Kurdistan Regional Government should cooperate with the neighboring countries via the diplomatic channels to control the methods for contai9ng water in a way that the Kurdistan Region’s interests should be taken into account and the burned should be decreased facing the area due to drought.”

On April 21, Sulaimani Water Directorate said in a statement that water levels of Dukan lake has lowered by 14 meters and Darbandikhan lake by 18 meters from their fullness. 

(Zhyan English)