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Istanbul Running Out of Water in 100 Days

Posted by feww on January 23, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
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14 Million people threatened by exceptional drought in Istanbul, Turkey: Expert

Turkey’s largest city, and its cultural, economic, and historical hub, is seriously threatened by exceptional drought. The drought has left more than 14 million in the city with only 100 days of water, according to an expert.

“Having only 100 days of water reserve means that very tight measures should be taken,” Tugba Maden, a water expert in the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies, told Xinhua.

The dams supplying water to Istanbul are down to about 35 percent of their full capacity, with a total current reserves of about 300 million cubic meters. At least three of the reservoirs are already experiencing severe water shortages.

Additionally, water levels in the Euphrates river valley and the Tigris River, the main water basins of Turkey, are at or near historic lows, with no sign of  rain or snow, said the expert.

Sprawled over an area of 5,343km², Istanbul is one of the largest urban areas in Europe and world’s second-largest city by population.

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