Local Syrian media and social media pioneers reported scenes described as “shocking” showing a record decline in the level of the Euphrates River, reaching the point of drought as a result of Turkey’s building dams.
Activists shared videos taken yesterday, Wednesday, of the Euphrates, showing a record decrease in the level of the Euphrates in a frightening way that reaches the point of drought as a result of Turkey’s building dams and because of the giant “Elisu” dam.
The Kurdish “Hawar” agency also published photos and videos taken on the banks of the river, showing the shrinking of the river’s stream hundreds of meters near the city of Jarablus to the Tishreen Dam, to the largest river in the country, two months after Turkey had reduced the rate of water flowing to the Syrian side.
Hawar explained that Turkey had reduced the rate of the Euphrates River flowing into the Syrian lands with the beginning of May this year, in the second drop in the water level, the first of which is the summer of 2017.
And the water problem that Turkey uses as a weapon against the Syrians for years is threatening the issue of supplying drinking water to the people of the regions of northern and eastern Syria, as well as the low hours of electricity generation and the threat of local production from agricultural land on the banks of the river, according to the agency.
The administration of the Tishreen Dam, the largest hydroelectric station in Syria, warned, at the beginning of this week, that Turkey would continue to lock up the waters of the Euphrates River within its lands, which reflects negatively on society’s economy, public food security, and the provision of drinking water to the citizen.
The dam administration announced that the hours for generating electricity from the Euphrates and Tishreen stations starting from mid-June, so that dams generate electrical energy only 10 hours, after they were 18 hours a day, are distributed to the regions of northern and eastern Syria.
The self-administration of northern and eastern Syria demanded earlier, the United Nations and the Syrian and Iraqi governments “to put pressure on Turkey, regarding its clear violation of international covenants and laws, towards dealing with regional waters”.