Monday, May 25, 2009

Turkey: Turkey increases flow of Euphrates as Iraqi farmers face crisis

AFP reports Turkey has increased the flow of water in the Euphrates river by opening sluices upstream after Iraq complained its farmers faced an imminent crisis, Iraq's water resources minister said on Sunday.

Turkey has increased the volume of water running through the Euphrates by 130 cubic metres (4,550 cubic feet) per second to 360 (12,600) although the extra flow will bring only limited relief to farmers, Abdul Latif Jamal Rasheed said in a statement.

"This quantity of water will give us a limited improvement in the water coming from the border, and will help provide some water for this summer's crop, especially planting rice," Rasheed said.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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