Worst mega-drought since1953 looms | Dams closure by Turkey and lack of rainfall caused catastrophic decline of Euphrates water level
Syrian Observatory sources have reported that Euphrates river is experiencing a terrifying and unprecedented drop in water levels due to the closure of dams by the Turkish side and law rainfall that further reduced the water level of the river. The water level of Euphrates has reached very low levels that Syria has not seen since 1953, which has adversely affected the plant and livestock wealth, which is facing imminent danger amid low rainfall and drought.
According to Syrian Observatory sources, large numbers of sheep died due to severe shortages of feed and natural vegetation that did not grow in the area because of the drought. Livestock prices have also fallen dramatically and there is no one buying them as cattle fodder is unavailable and Autonomous-Administration of north and east Syria largely neglects agriculture by cutting subsidised diesel from farmers to water their winter crops.
Autonomous-Administration had decided to allow livestock owners and traders to import animal feed and exempt them from customs duties, after demanding that livestock owners import feed from abroad.
According to an agreement between Syria and Turkey in 1987 regarding the Euphrates River, Syria’s share of water coming from Turkey was 500 cubic meters per second.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) warns against an environmental catastrophe that threatens food security in Syria, as well as an impending humanitarian catastrophe that threatens nearly 2.5 million beneficiaries of Euphrates River in different areas of Al-Raqqa, Al-Hasakah, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo countryside.