Iraq announced Wednesday, June 20, that construction had started on its second dam on the Tigris river in the north of the country that will hold a reservoir with a capacity of 12 million cubic meters (420 million cubic feet).
Six Iraqi companies will take part in the project in the province of Ninive, manager Khalid Zidane said, quoted by Al-Thawra newspaper.
The dam, which is expected to be completed in 56 months, will help expand irrigated areas and generate electricity in Iraq, Abdul Rahman Hassan, director of the irrigation authority, told Alif Ba paper.
Both Iraq and Syria accuse Turkey of monopolizing the Euphrates and Tigris rivers upstream by building more than 20 dams, while Ankara says the charges are unjustified and that fair quantities are allowed to flow to its neighbors.
But Turkey has boycotted several meetings of an Iraqi-Syrian technical commission aimed at resolving the water dispute.
Both rivers rise in the mountains of eastern Turkey, with only the Euphrates also passing through Syria, and join in southern Iraq before flowing into the Gulf. ― (AFP, Baghdad)
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