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Boosting for building dams vs. preventing Ahwazi farmers from forming

According to trusted source within Al-Ahwaz stated that Khuzestan Water

and Power Authority Company has issued strict warning to all formers in Khalafyeh (Ramshir) city from forming a few days ago.

This notice comes to all farmers who are farming on both sides of Jarrahi River and preparing themselves for the actual planting season for the autumn and winter, which includes wheat and barley.

According to document received by Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) on 01-MAY 2015, the same company prevent the Ahwazi farmers who are farming near to Karkheh River and basin.

The authorities also justified the decision for lack of water behind the Karkheh dam and the needs of people for drinking water but they do not mentioned their vicious plans for building mass dams on Ahwazi rivers were lead to this disastrous situation.

The construction of dams rapidly and random, led to widespread drought in the Ahwazi rivers, where Al-Ahwaz region has ample water sources, due to the existence of a permanent flowing rivers, such as the Karun and Karkheh, and Dez Rivers. However, the water level of these rivers fallen since 2005, where the water level fell by 65% in Dez River, and 45% in Karoon River 50% in Karkheh River, and this is dangerous index because the farmers in this case can not irrigate their land easily!

According to a studies done by a number of experts, that the loss of one billion cubic meters of water from the Ahwazi rivers, lead to a decrease of 6,500, hectares of arable land, and these experts confirms that more than 40% of the land losses due to high salinity levels after low water levels in the river Karkheh alone.

It must be noted; that there are a lot of towns and villages near the Karkheh River like Hamidiyeh, Khafajiyeh, Houweyzeh and Albesitin cities and also many cities and villages near Jarrahi River like Khalafiyeh city and villages like Bani Khaled, Alomur, Zergan, Alboshokeh, Mousawiyeh and Ghasar where those cities and villages will face a crisis of unemployed among farmers, due to the low water levels in recent years, after the negative impact on the cultivation of wheat and barley crops.

Its worth to mention that decrease of water level in Ahwazi Rivers regardless of intensifying unemployment among Ahwazi farmers and brining tsunami of different kind of kidney, skin and cancer diseases to Ahwazi Arab people where it give strong alarm leading to distinction of Ahwazi local animal and fish wealth.

Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights


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