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Event: DR Drought
Number: 2021-000159
Country: SYR Syrian Arab Rep
Date (YMD): 2021-10-13
Information Source:IFRC
Comments: Since January 2021, Syria has witnessed unprecedented low water levels of the Euphrates River, falling from 500m3 to 214 m3 in June, resulting in two of the most significant reservoirs in Syria having being significantly diminished and 54 out of 73 water stations severely impacted (OCHA, 2021)1 in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, Al-Hasakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates. Low levels of water in reservoirs resulted in reduced energy production capacity causing power black outs across the north-eastern Syria, with only 1-2 hours of electricity in some locations and up to three million people have been affected by reduced electricity generation and availability. Compounded by ongoing fuel shortages, water pumping stations have limited functionality, affecting safe access to and availability of drinking water of the population in north-eastern Syria.
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