Dukan Lake on verge of spilling water elsewhere into Iraq
LAKE DUKAN, Sulaimani — The largest reservoir in the Kurdistan Region’s Sulaimani province on Tuesday was imminent danger of spilling over which would lead to massive downstream flooding in an already flood-ravaged Iraq.
It would be just the second time since the Dukan Dam and Lake was constructed in 1959 that water levels would exceed its bell-mouth spillway.
The dam is capable to hold off 7 billion cubic-meters of water. Rains continued in the Kurdistan Region for most of the day on Tuesday.
The last time the lake was this fraught with water was in 1988.
Water levels are just 7 centimeters below the spillway that feeds into the Little Zab River.
Photos: Hejar Jawhar | Rudaw