Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Iraq

Iraq: Water pollution continues to threaten lives of Basra residents

By Ruptly 6/3/2019
-
BASRA, Iraq – Water pollution continues to threaten the lives of residents of the Iraqi province of Basra.

The southern province has struggled to overcome its water crisis.

Ahmed Hilal, an environmental activist, described the situation as “an actual ecological disaster” in areas of Basra.

“Many citizens have been poisoned. The disaster had an impact on agriculture and cattle as well, we have several solutions but they’re all temporary. The local Basra government doesn’t have any future solution,” he said, noting the problem has existed since 2009.

Salty water has sent more than 110,000 people to hospital in recent months. 

“Nothing is left for us because of the salt water,” said resident Shaibah. 

“Farms have been destroyed, even birds have disappeared, people fled to the neighbouring cities. A lot of people have been poisoned from the salted water; in the last four days, we took two groups to the hospital,” he added. 

Doctors have voiced concerns about the potential spread of diseases such as cholera and diarrhea.

“Water used to be potable before the fall of Iraq but now it became salty,” said resident Abu Aqil. 

He blamed the government for not reaching agreements over shared water resources with Turkey and Iran.

“All we have now is poison. Iraq used to be the first exporter of dates but now the palms and even fish and animals are dying because of the salt in the water,” he said. 

Basra gets its water from the Shatt al-Arab, a river formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris. 

In August 2018, the UN’s human rights office (OHCHR) reported an increase in contaminants in the water from sewage and industrial waste as well as high levels of salt in the water.

The OHCHR also noted a lack of water treatment plants in the region.

Due to the region’s water shortage, shattered infrastructure, and failing basic services, Basra has seen massive protests since last summer.
Tags : Basra, water
1931 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

export import | 4/23/2019 12:07:41 AM
oil covers less than 50& of iranian income. majority comes form drugs smuggling
IranMan | 4/23/2019 5:42:25 AM
"“Our ultimate goal is to get other states and non-state entities to stop doing business [with] the IRGC,”... How sweet!
US won’t be renewing oil waivers: Pompeo
| yesterday at 04:40 | (2)
Şivan | 4/21/2019 4:16:10 AM
Sorry to hear the loose of such a valuable personality.As a Kurd From Northern Kurdistan I appreciate his work for the Oppressed Kurdistan People.A...
Sawsan Rasheed | 4/23/2019 4:54:43 AM
Ralph Fertig is an Expert on the civil rights movement, federal administrative law and social justice issues.an author..and a professor such a person...
A Kurdish tribute to Ralph Fertig's visions and struggle
| 19/4/2019 | (7)
Sjcb | 4/23/2019 3:40:23 AM
Erdogen deserves a blow to their party for once. He needs to go bye bye.
Member of ruling AKP arrested for attack on Turkish opposition leader
| yesterday at 12:44 | (1)
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 4/22/2019 11:13:36 PM
I would add a fourth element to your closing strategy (which is dead-bang on target.) ... There must be what hasn't been in Islam for a millennia,...
Sri Lanka attacks and the strategy of terrorism
| yesterday at 11:40 | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Amal Clooney: Prosecute Islamic State extremists for rape 1 hour ago |

Amal Clooney: Prosecute Islamic State extremists for rape

"So far not a single person was tried for sexual more
Erdogan leaves parliament, blames HDP for not reciting Turkish anthem 10 hours ago |

Erdogan leaves parliament, blames HDP for not reciting Turkish anthem

"Shall we listen to those who do not recite more
0.422 seconds