Baghdad The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Water and Marshlands called on the government to take necessary and rapid steps to preserve Iraq’s water quotas.
The Head of the Committee, Salam Al-Shammari, said in a press statement that the decrease in the Tigris and Euphrates levels is worrying and threatens a summer with little water if the necessary government measures are not taken with the upstream countries of the two rivers and the tributaries, Turkey and Iran.
Al-Shammari added that: The two countries are going ahead with their plans to establish reservoirs and dams that preserve the ability for them to deal with any irrigation and agricultural conditions, whatever they are, and we are waiting for their sympathy to provide us with water.
He explained: The marshes are on the way to drought … and the circumstances, if they continue due to the lack of water, may prompt us to use the storage at other than his time for drinking water and agriculture.
He stressed the need for an immediate start by an urgent governmental step to address the issue before it worsens further, by contacting the two source countries to ensure Iraq’s shares without delay.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency