Springs and wells are drying up across Iraqi Sulaimani province. Locals say it’s a disaster unlike anything they’ve seen before, Rudaw reports.
“I was born in 1952. I have never seen this springhead in this way. I have always been here, except during the eight years of the Iran-Iraq war,” said Fatih Salim, who owns holiday cottages at Awesar resort in Hawraman, southern Sulaimani province.
This winter and spring saw lower than average snow and rainfall. Drought-like conditions are exacerbated by poor management of water resources and dams built in neighboring Iran.
Mismanagement of water resources has left the country’s environment vulnerable to climate change. You may read about the Iraqi situation here.