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Iraq

Official: Mosul Dam at risk of collapse

By Rudaw 9/11/2015
Mosul Dam.
Mosul Dam.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — A Kurdish official claimed Monday there is a risk Mosul Dam—Iraq’s largest dam—might collapse, said the central Iraqi government would be responsible for any damage to the dam and urged it to start maintenance work on the structure.

"It is the Iraqi government's responsibility to repair sites of the dam that are about to collapse," Ari Harsin, a Kurdistan Democratic Party MP in the Kurdistan parliament, told Rudaw Monday.

The dam annually needs maintenance, but "it has been so long since it has not been worked on and neglected by the Iraqi government," he claimed. "To repair the dam's shortcomings $250 million to $500 million has to be allotted."

He also said the US has recognized the risk to the strategic dam, and looked into finding private contractors to conduct maintenance and repairs.  

The Islamic State managed to capture the dam in July 2014 when the group seized Iraq's second largest city Mosul, but the Kurdish Peshmerga reclaimed the dam soon after despite the dam still being in the militants’ hands.

In the case of the dam’s collapse, the resultant flood would be life-threatening to humans, animals and agriculture in the Nineveh, Kirkuk and Salahadin provinces.

Mosul Dam, once called Saddam Dam, was constructed in 1983. It is located on the Tigris River in the western province of Nineveh, upstream from the city of Mosul. It is the fourth-largest reservoir in the Arab world, with a capacity of about 8 billion cubic meters, and provides electricity to 1.7 million residents in Mosul. 

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Kawa | 9/11/2015
Iraqis be like "we need Kurds and USA to fix it for us." pathethic Iraqis. The invasion was like Christmas to the Iraqi politicians. Do you know how rich maliki is? He has a minimum of $100 billion dollars.
Kawa | 9/11/2015
Iraqis be like "we need Kurds and USA to fix it for us." pathethic Iraqis. The invasion was like Christmas to the Iraqi politicians. Do you know how rich maliki is? He has a minimum of $100 billion dollars.
ReaperTeam Ninja | 9/11/2015
Every MuR captain and vigilante resistance supporter must this November take control of their own street and community to remove the Daesh. They may not enter | they may not leave alive. Know your neighbours. Block your street and control who enters. Your guns, knives, razors, swords, rocks, axes, shovels, pitchforks, irons, pots, pans, a can of food, hammer, lamp and glass bottles are all weapons. Wear protective gear like gloves, motorbike helmets, bicycle helmets, leather jackets, leather clothes, denim clothes, steel-toed footwear, and eye protection. Arm yourselves.
Sluth | 10/11/2015
Key questions have nothing to do with politics. To what extent has the soluble gypsum bedrock under the dam dissolved? Are the maintenance teams satisfied that they have satisfactorily plugged the holes with concrete? Are the maintenence teams reasonably satisfied that the risk is mitigated for the moment? Is the water level low enough to mitigate some of the down stream risk? Is there an effective plan to notify and evacuate people down stream should there be a colapse?
Sahand | 10/11/2015
The Q is how did he come up with this number $250 to $500 million, it would more reasonable if it was around $50 million gap between the numbers, Mr Ari also mentioned there is a privet company which pointed by U.S. To do the job. In my point of view this is not something for him to consider.

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