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Iraq’s water, land crises could displace 4m people

Water crisis in Iraq
Experts have warned that the future security crisis in Iraq could be triggered by the destruction of agricultural land due to the chronic shortage of water, especially in rural areas, which could lead to the displacement of 4 million people.

Iraq is currently losing about 250 square kilometers of land annually to desertification, mostly in the south, according to the United Nations Environment Program.

The causes of the water crisis are numerous in rural areas, but most are because of the decline in the water levels of Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates rivers due to climate change and international dams. The fading agricultural land will trigger a displacement crisis that goes beyond what Iraqis have suffered in the three-and-a-half-year war against ISIS.

Experts warn that this will put enormous pressure on urban centers and contribute to the deterioration of the security situation, which is already volatile, possibly leading to a new conflict.

Environment Ministry officials expect about 4 million people to be displaced over the next eight years because of the water crisis if drastic measures are not taken.
Last Modified: Wednesday، 10 October 2018 12:58 AM