TURKEY: ILISU DAM.

Two men sit at a table placed in the waters of the Tigris River on July 29, 2018, overlooked by the 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement and ancient citadel town, which will soon be significantly submerged by the waters of the nearby Ilisu dam in southeastern Turkey. The Turkish town of Hasankeyf, a former trading post along the Silk Road, which has seen the Romans, Byzantines, Turkic tribes and Ottomans leave their mark, will soon be partially flooded by the Ilisu Dam, as part of the Southeast Anatolian Project (Gap) one of Turkey’s largest hydro electric projects, which is being built downstream. The inauguration of Turkey's controversial Ilisu dam on the Tigris River will also compound water shortages in neighbouring Iraq. Photo courtesy Agencies

Last Updated: 2018-07-31

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