A group of activists in Kirkuk Governorate staged on Monday a protest against Iran's cutting off water flow of Little Zab River in Sulaymaniyah Governorate in Kurdistan Region.
The activists rejected Tehran's move, calling on the Iraqi government to step in and solve this issue.
Kurdistan Region's Deputy Prime Minister Qabad Talabani said in a press conference on Sunday that Tehran has been informed with Iraq's concern over the issue.
Talabani noted that communications are ongoing with Iranian officials, adding that the government awaits a frank response from them.
Moreover, Kurdistan Region's Agriculture Minister Abdulsattar Majeed stated on Sunday that cutting off water flow of Little Zab River caused a considerable damage to water sources in Deza Castle area and Sulaymaniyah Governorate.
He also expressed concern over an imminent drinking water crisis and a future negative impact on the agriculture sector and fisheries.
Majeed also connected the "sudden" Iranian move to cut off the water from the Zab River with the coming Kurdish independence referendum due on 25 September, 2017.
Iran, including the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani, have expressed their strong objection to the Kurdish referendum.