Dukan Dam increases downstream flow after heavy rains: authorities

Dukan Dam's bell-mouth spillway

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SULAIMANI — Officials at Dukan Dam have increased the amount of water it is releasing downstream after the reservoir’s water levels increased significantly due to heavy rains, said local authorities on Thursday (March 28).

Dukan Dam Director Hama Tahir Mawlud said the amount of water released from the dam had increased to 350 cubic meters per second from 260 cubic meters per second.

The move is expected to increase water levels along the Little Zab River.

The local authorities also warned owners of tourist areas, factories, restaurants, and villas on the banks of the river to stay away from the fast moving water.

NRT Digital Media reporter Khalid Mohammed said the dam had increased the flow beginning at 7 a.m. and the Little Zab was expected to rise one meter, its highest level since 1988.  

Head of Taq Taq municipality Farhad Mawlud told NRT Digital Media that there would be no risk on the people in the area.

“An engineering team is expected to arrive in Taq Taq from Erbil,” Mawlud said.

On Wednesday, Erbil city received 25.3 mm of rain, Sulaimani city 17.9 mm, Duhok city 3.6 mm, and Halabja city 12 mm, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government's General-Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology.

Since the beginning of the rainy season, Erbil city has received 722.9 mm of rain, Sulaimani city 1011.4 mm, Duhok city 911.7 mm, Halabja city 896.5 mm, and Kirkuk city 399.6 mm. Dukan has also received 771.8 mm of rain.

Mergasor District in Erbil province has received 1,845.8 mm of rain since October.

Local authorities in Ranya district said on Tuesday that the district had experienced its wettest winter since 1957. So far this year, the district has seen more than 1299.4 mm of rain, compared with 635 mm last year.

(NRT Digital Media)