Water levels rise in Little Zab after Dukan dam releases downstream (Video)

Due to heavy rains
Levels of water rise in Little Zap

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SULAIMANI — Water levels in the Little Zab River have risen significantly after a wave of heavy rains and a release of water from Dukan Dam’s reservoir, footage and photos show.

Local authorities in Taq Taq and Chamchamal warned people and owners of tourist areas that the rising water could cause damage and be life-threatening.

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.

NRT Digital Media reporter Khalid Mohammed said on Thursday that the Little Zab was expected to rise one meter, its highest level since 1988.

Since the beginning of the rainy season, Erbil city has received 724.3 mm of rain, Sulaimani city 1011.6 mm, Duhok city 912.4 mm, Halabja city 904.7 mm, and Kirkuk city 401.2 mm. Dukan has also received 772.3 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)

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