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Iraq to build more than 30 dams

Country attempts to secure water supply through dam network

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Iraq is hoping to secure its water supply by building a network of dams. (Getty Images)
Iraq is hoping to secure its water supply by building a network of dams. (Getty Images)

Authorities in Iraq’s Kurdistan area have announced that they are to build eleven dams, and have planned many more, the AFP has reported.

Jameel Sulaiman, the region’s agriculture minister, said: “There are 11 dams now under construction, and we have studies and designs build 28 more.”

Dams currently under construction across three provinces are small and medium sized, and are planned to store between one million and 10 million cubic metres of water.

Sulaiman also said that four more dams were being built in Arbil, five in Sulaimaniyah and two in Dohuk, adding: “We are building these dams in order to develop the agriculture sector in the region, and for water storage, because Iraq has suffered droughts for the past several years.”
 

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