Water shortage crisis escalating in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin
The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, originating in Turkey and cutting through both Syria and Iraq, have experienced drastic reductions in water flows in recent years, due primarily to Turkish hydro-engineering and regional droughts. This is of enormous significance for Iraq, which has historically prospered because of the rich agricultural harvests based on water supplies sourced from these waterways.
Turkish initiatives aimed at massively expanding their exploitation of the water from the two rivers, have coincided with severe droughts in the region and resulted in a burgeoning water-shortage crisis in Iraq. This problem threatens an environmental catastrophe. Political negotiations between the three countries have so far fallen short of reaching agreement on providing the necessary increases in flow rates to address the deteriorating situation in Iraq.
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