The construction on the fifth largest dam in the Kurdistan Region is expected to be completed by November 2019, a local official said.
In remarks on Tuesday, Akram Mohammed, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Director for Dams and Water Resources, said the “Dewana dam in Darbandikhan is to be operational in November 2019, with the capacity of storing up to 22 million cubic meters of water annually.”
The dam, according to Mohammed, is being built on the Dewana River in the province of Sulaimani and will be the fifth largest dam in Kurdistan, in terms of storage capacity, after Dokan, Derbandikhan, Duhok, Awa-spi. It will contribute to water security in Kurdistan, and benefit the local population and farmers in Derbandikhan.”
The construction of the dam started in 2011, however, the economic crisis in the Kurdistan Region in the following years hindered access to adequate funding in development and infrastructure work.