By John Lee.
Iraqi officials have reportedly tried to quell fears that dams could collapse, as water reservoirs approach capacity after a very wet winter.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Water Resources told AFP:
“We are in control of the dams and reservoir levels … We are not worried about their safety or stability.”
A major source of concern is Mosul Dam, which holds the country’s largest reservoir, which is known to have structural problems.
Environmental scientist Azzam Alwash told AFP:
“If you don’t fill [structural cracks] quickly, the foundation loses support and the smallest crack, if you don’t catch it in time, will result in catastrophic failure … If the dam fails when it’s full, the area will be under five metres of water.”