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."