Iran’s water cut has caused periodic reductions in the water levels of vital Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq.
The recent move compounded the already severe water scarcity issue faced by the nation.
Little Zap River is a lifeline for a significant population, catering to the needs of 100,000 people solely in the Qaladze town, said Omer.
“Reports indicate that the water level at the Dukan Dam (the largest dam within Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government) receded by seven centimeters daily due to Iran's water cessation," Omer said.
"We are grappling with a formidable crisis, particularly with respect to our drinking water supply. The cessation of water flow by Iran has immediate repercussions on Iraq’s Qaladze and Ranya towns, with ripple effects extending to adjacent regions," he added.
Originating in Iran, the Little Zap River traverses the Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah before meandering its way to Kirkuk and eventually into the heartland of Iraq.