The drought of the “Khabur” river, as Turkey continues to cut off the Euphrates water from Syria.
The Syrian water and agricultural reality in the northeastern regions of the country is getting worse day after day, as a result of Turkey’s intention to cut off the waters of the Euphrates river from Syria, in a serious violation of the international agreements and laws, and amid remarkable silence by most of the international community, regardless of what the Syrians are exposed to from great damage as a result of the Turkish practices that threaten a humanitarian catastrophe.
After the electricity was cut off in several areas of Al-Hasakah as a result of the suspension of operating turbines in the Euphrates dam as a result of its low water level, Turkish practices affected the “Khabur” river as well and its tributaries, which were affected by drought.
Sources of the Syrian Documentation Center reported that the tributaries of the “Khabur” river in the “Ras al-Ain” area are now completely dry, at a time when the normal flow through them during the current period of the year is supposed to be between 5-8 cubic meters per second.
The sources pointed out that this matter led to the exit of large areas of agricultural lands from investment as a result of the suspension of irrigation projects on the river bed from the city of Ras Al-Ain to the district of Markada.
The sources added that the bad situation is the same in the countryside of Raqqa as well, especially with the suspension of all irrigation water pumping stations there, which threatens the wheat and agricultural season in both regions of the Syrian state and the areas under the control of the SDF.
In Deir Al-Zour, most agricultural irrigation engines stopped working due to the low level of the Euphrates, which the Water resources directorate tried to confront by installing connections that increase the length of the water intake pipes.
Although the directorate’s procedure helps for a temporary period to draw water for the agricultural lands, large areas of it are threatened with damage, including wheat, cotton and summer crops.
And he went on to cut off the water of the Euphrates river from Syria about 3 months, in deliberate practices to put pressure on the Syrian state and harm the Syrians and their agricultural work, as the water supply from the Turkish lands was limited to 200 cubic meters per second only, while it’s supposed to be 500 cubic meter.
Turkey, by deliberately cutting off water from Syria, violates the text of the agreement signed between the 2 countries in 1987, which affirms that the water supply in the Euphrates river from Turkey to Syria shouldn’t be less than 500 cubic meters.