According to the Iraqi Minister of Hydraulic Resources, this summer around 7 million people could be without water and therefore would have to be moved to other regions of the country.
Over the last year, several sources of water have seen their level drop drastically. This sudden phenomenon was not due to changes in climate but to the start up of dams in Iran and Turkey.
Iran is also going through a serious problem in hydraulic accessing. Iranians are consuming more than twice the volume of water per person that their neighbors are. This is why the Islamic Republic is trying to resolve this problem through a vast program of constructing dams.
The Iraqi government considers that constructing new dams is not justified. Instead it thinks that Tehran should educate its citizens on rationalizing their water usage.
Iraq considers that, on account this waste, Iran is violating several international treaties by building new dams. The matter will litigated, which could also undermine the Turkish dam building, causing water shortages in Syria and Iraq.
Voltaire Network Organization / ABC Flash Point Water News 2018.