In Syria, the ISIS has sharply increased electricity generation
from a critical dam, causing water shortages elsewhere:
the watch of the Islamic State group - formerly known as the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - levels in Lake Assad have dropped
so low that pumps used to funnel water east and west are either entirely
out of commission or functioning at significantly reduced levels. The
shortages compel residents in Aleppo and Al Raqqa to draw water from
unreliable sources, which can pose serious health risks.
primary reason behind the drop appears to be a dramatic spike in
electricity generation at the Euphrates Dam in al-Tabqa, which has been
forced to work at alarmingly high rates...
years ago the government told engineers to forget this dam for energy
[generation] … that it is only a strategic reserve of water," Waleed
said. "Normally we should not use more than one or two of the turbines
for more than four or five hours per day. But for the last month and a
half they have been using eight at full [capacity]..."
the beginning of May, electricity supply in rebel-confrolled
al-Raqqa suddenly spiked, reaching up to 16 hours per day - unheard of
in Syria's conflict-ridden northern provinces.
It sounds like ISIS tried to endear themselves to the inhabitants of Raqqa by providing more electricity, but in a way that was unsustainable and that continues to cause significant water shortages elsewhere, most notably in Aleppo.
Labels: Environment, ISIS, Syria