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Low water at Mosul dam halts power production

Mideast's fourth largest dam reaches one-tenth of previous levels

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Mosul depends on electricity to power its agricultural irrigation systems.
Mosul depends on electricity to power its agricultural irrigation systems.

Decreasing water levels at North Mosul's dam in northern Iraq have stopped electric power generation, according to an official of the main power station there on Saturday.

"The main power stations in north Mosul's Dam have been halted since December," he said, according to the Aswat Al Iraq news agency website. He said that the 27th was the last time there was power and that the lowering water levels came as there was a decrease of the water coming from Turkey.

He said the stoppage had "affected the electric power in the dam that had reached 750 megawatts in the past," adding that the electric power station had halted completely, affecting irrigation and agriculture in the area.

The Mosul dam is 50 kilometres to the north of Mosul, built on Tirgris River in 1983, considered the largest dam in Iraq and the fourth largest dam in the Middle East.

The source said that the Dam's current water level "have decreased to one-tenth of the previous water level that had decreased to 100 cubic metres from 1,000 cubic metres in past years," according to the news agency.

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