The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Amid appeals to find urgent solution | Suspension of pumping water through “Al-Khabour” canal for over a month leads to water crisis

Several SDF-controlled areas in Deir Ezzor countryside, especially areas overlooking Al-Khabour line and Al-Suwar in the northern countryside, have experienced a critical water crisis.


The crisis is attributed to the suspension of pumping water through Al-Khabour irrigation canal for over a month, because of different failures caused by the collapse of blocks of the body of the canal in Al-Herayjiyah canal. The crisis has affected over 30 villages and areas in Deir Ezzor, which makes the region’s residents to shoulder extra burdens.


It is worth noting that Al-Khabour canal is the major source of water in that region.


The region’s residents have found themselves forced to depend on water trucks to secure their needs of water as an alternative solution. However, the price of a barrel of unpotable water has reached 12,000 SYP, while the small number of water trucks covers the needs of water in only a small part of the region.


On the other hand, some of the water truck owners have exploited the crisis and raised the price of water barrels further.


Meanwhile, residents have appealed to international organisations and the Autonomous Administration to secure water in areas stretching along Al-Khabour line from Al-Harijiyah town in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor to Markadah town in the southern countryside of Al-Hasakah, demanding the urgent interference to cover the residents’ needs of water before the crisis escalates further with the beginning of summer.


It is worth noting that farmers, whose farms are located on the banks of Al-Khabour canal, have lost their wheat crops this season, because of the suspension of the canal. The canal had delivered water for irrigation and drinking to the villages, towns and cities of Al-Harijiyah, Al-Hariki, Al-Rubaydah, Abu Al-Naytal, Al-Namliyah, Saad, Al-Suwar, Al-Jasimi, Al-Muwaylih, Al-Wasi’iyah and Busayteen.