Iraq water shortage reaching critical level
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
8/02/2018, 12:28:48 PM
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Once lush farmlands have turned into dry, barren wastelands as a combination of factors have crippled the region.
A combination of lower-than-normal rainfall in recent years, upstream dams in Turkey, Syria and Iran, and political turmoil within Iraq have combined to create a disastrous situation for thousands of people.
The southern city of Barsa, once known as Venice of the East, has been one of the hardest-hit areas, according to the Associated Press.
Croplands are drying up and salinity levels are rising in the water supplies both killing vegetation and forcing people to purchase all their water for drinking, cooking and bathing.
The region was slowly recovering from years of war in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s; however, any rebuilding has been lost due to the recent economic hardships brought on by the fresh water shortages.
Earlier this year, farming bans were placed on some crops in an attempt to preserve the lingering fresh water reserves of southern Iraq; however, this put further strain on farmers who had no other means of income.
In the midst of the dry season, mother nature is not expected to provide any relief to the water shortage issues in the coming weeks.
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