Heavy rainfall has affected Iraq and the wider region over the past weeks. However, rivers, lakes, and dams – long on the verge of drying up – are now swelling with water and giving opportunities to avert the dangers of drought.
Syrian internally displaced people (IDPs) who found refuge in makeshift camps in Aleppo’s countryside have been badly affected by heavy rainfall with the start of winter, losing all their belongings and tents.
With neighboring Iran diverting rivers and building dams, Kurdish farmers in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are in the midst of an already severe water crisis that threatens to get even worse, thanks to national and regional governments failing to acknowledge the urgency of the problem.
Iraqi researcher: The irrigation systems in Iraq are outdated and damaged and need to be fixed for the country's agriculture industry to flourish. Many marshlands and cultivable lands have already been lost due to poor irrigation.
Following a dry winter, heavy rainfall has now caused significant damage to the agricultural sector in the Syrian province of Idleb. Some farmers have reported that around 50% of their crops were harmed by the heavy rains.