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Iraqis fear earthquakes, terrorism could lead to dam catastrophe

Although the recent earthquakes did not cause serious damage to Iraq’s dams, specialists are calling for continuous maintenance to ensure they are not demolished in the future, leading to a disaster in Iraq.

BAGHDAD — International experts arrived in Baghdad Nov. 21 to assess the damage caused to the Darbandikhan Dam, southeast of Sulaimaniyah, as a result of the earthquake that hit Iraq and Iran on Nov. 12.

Minister of Water Resources Hassan al-Janabi told the media a day prior to the experts' arrival that “the earthquake effects on the dam have sparked concerns.” He pointed out that there is a need to “reduce the water level in the dam reservoir for more safety.”

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