Syria Starts Pumping Water to Jordan
Syria started pumping Yarmouk River water to drought-stricken Jordan on Saturday, said reports.
Syria’s Deputy Minister of Irrigation Barakat Hadid said at a ceremony that the diversion of some two million cubic meters of water for two months would not affect Syria, which also suffers from a three-year regional drought, according to the Jordan Times.
It is the third year in a row that Syria has stepped in to help Jordan make up for water shortages.
Syria also has agreed to stop irrigating crops on the banks of the Yarmouk to allow for a stronger flow into Jordan.
The Yarmouk River originates in Syria, runs along the Syrian-Jordanian border and flows into the Jordan River between Israel and Jordan.
The water will come from a reservoir at Sahm Golan Dam on the Yarmouk River, three kilometres from the Jordanian border, said the paper – Albawaba.com