Darbandikhan Dam official says Iran briefly increased waterflow into Kurdistan Region

File Photo: A view of Darbandikhan Dam (NRT Digital Media/Winthrop Rodgers)

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SULAIMANI — Head of Darbandikhan Dam Directorate Rahman Khani said on Saturday (July 24) that Iran increased the amount of water it was allowing to flow into the Kurdistan Region for two days, before reducing it again.

Khani told NRT that Iran raised the flow to ten cubic meters of water per second starting on Wednesday, but then reduced it again on Friday.

He said that the increase was not a reflection of any agreement between Tehran and either Baghdad or Erbil, but likely is the result of a technical measure on Iran’s party related to power generation or to recent flooding in some upstream areas.

Striking a positive note, Khani said that the increase will "decrease the threat to drinking water” supplies posed by the ongoing drought in the Kurdistan Region and the Garmian administration.

The drought is caused by a lack of precipitation this past winter and upstream damning in Turkey and Iran.

(NRT Digital Media)