"Release Syria's share of Euphrates water" | Activists warn against looming environmental catastrophe threatening food security in Syria • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

“Release Syria’s share of Euphrates water” | Activists warn against looming environmental catastrophe threatening food security in Syria

SOHR sources have reported that Syrian activists have warned against a looming environmental catastrophe threatening food security in Syria, along with the alarming decline of water in the Euphrates river across Syria to unprecedented level. It is worth noting that the Euphrates water level has decreased from 325.20 cubic meters to 320.70 cubic meters, with a decrease of more than 4 cubic meters. The decrease in water level resulted in the drinking water pumps being put out of service in most areas, and affected the fisheries and the food security in the region in general.

 

According to international agreements, the amount of water flowing in the Euphrates river must be between 500 to 550 cubic meters per second, however, the water currently received is 200 cubic meters per second, a quarter of the agreed quantity.

 

SOHR warns of a humanitarian and environmental disaster in northern and eastern Syria, and calls on the United Nations, humanitarian organizations and international actors to exert pressure on the Turkish government to adhere to international agreements regarding the quantities of water agreed to be supplied to the Syrian side.

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