Rainwater floods crops in Hama

Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 17, 2019, 2:59:17 PM wire ECONOMY & BUSINESSRELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Agriculture

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On Wednesday, rainwater flooded 300 dunams (1 dunam  1 square kilometer) of agricultural fields in the al-Ghab Plain in the Hama countryside, Central Syria, threatening to destroy crops.

Khater al-Ahmad, the head of the local council of the village of Daqmaq (65 kilometers northwest of Hama) said that that heavy rain flooded 300 dunams of crops and collapsed the Tal Wasitt bridge, channels and other agricultural infrastructure.

Al-Ahmad urged the Civil Defense to reinforce the channels and bridges to save the crops, adding that if the flooding continues, the farmers will not be able to harvest the crops, which have been up to 90 percent damaged.

A farmer in the area who introduced himself as Abu Muhammad said that the reason behind the flood is the buildup of dirt in the irrigation channels, leaving them incapable of discharging rainwater.

Abu Muhammad added that rainwater damaged a significant percentage of the crops, the most important of which were the wheat, beans, and other winter crops. Abu Muhammad said that he owns 25 dunams, all of which were flooded.

Earlier, the Syrian government cut the drinking water off from the city of Hama because the water mixed with flood water. Heavy rain also affected crops and roads in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria. Rainwater caused houses to collapse and flooded hundreds of tents in camps in different Syrian areas.

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Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 17, 2019, 2:59:17 PM wire ECONOMY & BUSINESSRELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Agriculture
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