Shepherd, flock of 70 sheep saved from drowning in Sirwan River


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SULAIMANI — The head of the civil defense center in Darbandikhan, Kaiwan Ahmed, told NRT their teams managed to rescue a shepherd from drowning in the Sirwan River along with 70 of his sheep in the village of Zhazhla.

Ahmed said the shepherd had taken his flock to the river while the Darbandikhan dam was closed, but the dam was reopened shortly afterwards, inundating the riverbed.

He said civil defense teams were promptly notified and closed the dam while their diving teams managed to rescue the man and his flock of sheep in about an hour.

Ahmed said Darbandikhan dam is opened periodically at the request of Diyala officials for farming purposes.

(NRT Digital Media)