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Water crisis puts 12 million at risk in Syria, Iraq, aid groups say

Higher temperatures, drought and record low rainfall levels are depriving millions of people of drinking and agricultural water.
Iraq drought

A water crisis in Syria and Iraq has put more than 12 million people at risk of losing access to food, water and electricity, a group of aid organizations said on Monday, warning the shortages could lead to further displacement in the already unstable region.  

A new report published by 13 international aid groups, said that higher temperatures and drought are depriving people of drinking and agricultural water, as well as disrupting electricity as dams run out of water in Syria and Iraq. Climate change has increased the risk and severity of droughts in both countries, the report said, adding that roughly 400 square kilometers of agricultural land risks total drought.  

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