Water cuts expected in Iraq after Daesh closes Ramadi dam
The Haditha Dam overlooking the Euphatres River. (AFP/Jaime Razuri)
Daesh shut down Ramadi Dam on Tuesday and cut water flow to areas controlled by the Iraqi security forces east of the city in Anbar province, a senior military official said.
Brigadier General Aziz Khalaf al-Tarmouz, an Anbar security advisor, told Anadolu Agency that Daesh seized control of Ramadi Dam, on the Euphrates River north of the city.
“Daesh cut water flow to al-Khalediya district and al-Habbaniya area, which are under the control of security forces and tribal fighters,” al-Tarmouz said.
The security advisor said the incident may cause a wave of civilian displacement from the area.
On May 17, Daesh took control of Ramadi after overrunning government forces.