Water of Iraq and the Kurdistan region reduced by 80 percent due to the blocking of Turkey and Iran

The Head of the Department of Civilization at Komar University said that the waters of Iraq and the Kurdistan region have decreased by 80 percent and the underground water resources have decreased significantly due to the obstructions of Turkey and Iran.

Ako Reşid, Head of the Department of Civilization at Komar University, spoke to Rojnews about the reduction of water supply to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq by Turkey and Iran.

“The main reason for the decrease in water levels in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region is the construction of dams on Iraq's water resources by neighbouring countries. Because 70% of our water resources come from outside of our borders. Environmental pollution and improper use of water are among the reasons for the decrease in the water level,” Ako Reşid said.

“Due to the blocking of the neighbouring countries, the waters in the Kurdistan Region have decreased by 80 percent. There is also a significant decrease in underground water. Previously, water could be extracted from wells at a 200-meter depth before, but only at a 750-meter-depth now,” Ako Reşid added.