“It’s as if we were in the desert,” said the 50-year-old farmer, standing on what last year was the Euphrates riverbed.
“We’re thinking of leaving because there’s no water left to drink or irrigate the trees.”
Aid groups and engineers are warning of a looming humanitarian disaster in northeast Syria, where waning river flow is compounding woes after a decade of war.
They say plummeting water levels at hydroelectric dams since January are threatening water and power cutoffs for up to five million Syrians, in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis.
As drought grips the Mediterranean region, many in the Kurdish-held area are accusing neighbor and archfoe Turkey of weaponizing water by tightening the tap upstream, though a Turkish source denied this.
Outside the village of Rumayleh where Khamees lives, black irrigation hoses lay in dusty coils after the river receded so far it became too expensive to operate the water pumps.
Instead, much closer to the water’s edge, Khamees and neighbors were busy planting corn and beans in the soil just last year submerged under the current.
The father of 12 said he had not seen the river so far away from the village in decades.
“The women have to walk seven kilometers just to get a bucket of water for their children to drink,” he said.
Reputed to have once flown through the biblical Garden of Eden, the Euphrates runs for almost 2,800 kilometers across Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.
In times of rain, it gushes into northern Syria through the Turkish border and flows diagonally across the war-torn country towards Iraq.
Along its way, it irrigates swathes of land in Syria’s breadbasket and runs through three hydroelectric dams that provide power and drinking water to millions.
But over the past eight months, the river has contracted to a sliver, sucking precious water out of reservoirs and increasing the risk of dam turbines grinding to a halt.
At the Tishrin Dam, the first into which the river falls inside Syria, director Hammoud al-Hadiyyeen described an “alarming” drop in water levels not seen since the dam’s completion in 1999.
“It’s a humanitarian catastrophe,” he said.
Since January, the water level has plummeted by five meters, and now hovers just dozens of centimeters above “dead level” when turbines are supposed to completely stop producing electricity.
Across northeast Syria, already power generation has fallen by 70 percent since last year, the head of the energy authority Welat Darwish says.
Two out of three of all potable water stations along the river are pumping less water or have stopped working, humanitarian groups say.
Almost 90 percent of the Euphrates flow comes from Turkey, the United Nations says.
To ensure Syria’s fair share, Turkey in 1987 agreed to allow an annual average of 500 cubic meters per second of water across its border.
But that has dropped to as low as 200 in recent months, engineers claim.
Inside Syria, the Euphrates flows mostly along territory controlled by semi-autonomous Kurdish authorities, whose US-backed fighters have over the years wrested its dams and towns from ISIS.
Turkey however regards those Kurdish fighters as linked to its outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and has grabbed land from them during Syria’s war.
Syria’s Kurds have accused Ankara of holding back more water than necessary in its dams, and Damascus in June urged Turkey to increase the flow immediately.
But a Turkish diplomatic source told AFP Turkey had “never reduced the amount of water it releases from its transboundary rivers for political or other purposes”.
“Our region is facing one of the worst drought periods due to climate change,” and rainfall in southern Turkey was “the lowest in the last 30 years”, this source said.
Analyst Nicholas Heras said Turkey did hold leverage over Syria and Iraq with the huge Ataturk Dam just 80 kilometers from the Syrian border, but it was debatable whether Ankara wanted to use it.
That would mean “international complications for Ankara, both with the United States and Russia”, a key Damascus ally across the table in Syria peace talks.
“The easier, and more frequently utilized, water weapon that Ankara uses is the Alouk plant” that it seized from the Kurds in 2019, Heras said.
Freshwater supply from the station on another river has been disrupted at least 24 times since 2019, affecting 460,000 people, the United Nations says.
But Syria analyst Fabrice Balanche said the drought did serve Ankara’s long-term goal of “asphyxiating northeast Syria economically”.
“In periods of drought, Turkey helps itself and leaves the rest for the Kurds, in defiance and full knowledge of the consequences,” he said.
Wim Zwijnenburg, of the PAX peace organization, said Turkey was struggling to provide enough water for “megalomanic” agricultural projects set up in the 1990s, a challenge now complicated by climate change.
“The big picture is drought is coming,” he said.
“We already see a rapid decline in healthy vegetation growth on satellite analysis” in both Syria and Turkey.
Personally, I don’t think billions will be raptured ….but I sure pray Lucado is correct in that assessment. Moreover, I hope everyone who sees this is among us! If you are unsure of your future, check out my Pages. Maranatha!
Extremely interesting information at the link above. Many have been suspicious of Macron for some. Looks like for good reason.
On January 23, 2020, the “Doomsday Clock” was moved forward. One minute and forty seconds remain before midnight.
According to Wikipedia:
The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe. Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Clock is a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technical advances. The Clock represents the hypothetical global catastrophe as “midnight” and the Bulletin’s opinion on how close the world is to a global catastrophe as a number of “minutes” to midnight, assessed in January of each year. The main factors influencing the Clock are nuclear risk and global warming (climate change). The Bulletin’s Science and Security Board also monitors new developments in the life sciences and technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity.
The Clock’s original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight. It has been set backward and forward 24 times since then, the largest-ever number of minutes to midnight being 17 (in 1991), and the smallest 100 seconds (1 minute and 40 seconds) in January 2020.
However, we don’t need the Bulletin of Atomic Sciences to tell us the end is near.
Nothing man can imagine or predict, or do, will change God’s plan and purpose. The Doomsday Clock perpetrates a false narrative. This is obvious since one of the “indicators of doom” is climate change.
Cataclysmic natural disasters will come, but not because of man’s idea of climate change.
I am of the belief that the demonic powers which deceive the powers-that-be-globalists are very much aware of what Scripture says about the end times, specifically the wrath of God as outlined in the book of Revelation. As part of their deceptive agenda, they will claim the terrible events of the Tribulation on climate change, in an I told you so fashion.
The metaphorical clock is ticking, however, and we have a more reliable tool with which to tell time.
The word of God, as written in the Holy Bible, outlines what it will be like in the end, and while we cannot know the day or hour of the Rapture, we can see the season and know things are beginning to wrap up. The stage is certainly being set. We’ve been able to see certain signs for some time: the reestablishment of Israel as a nation, the wars and rumors of wars, the love of people growing cold, the rise in narcissism, false christs coming and going, the push for a world government, religion and monetary system. These things, and more, are growing in both intensity and frequency.
The key indicators that we are in the last moments before the events of Revelation can be summed up in one word: Convergence.
We see the convergence of end times stage setting in multiple ways, but I want to focus on what I consider to be heretofore the most unprecedented and ground breaking, a blaring siren, if you will. As someone who studied theater and stage managed many shows, now is the time I would be cueing the techies to lower the house lights, fade up the intro music and be ready to open the curtain. The show is about to begin.
Only this isn’t the theater. This is the realest of real life and there are three recent events converging that have gotten my attention like none other.
First, we have rabbis who claim to be in communication with someone they call messiah. For more info, I wrote of this HERE.
Second, is the technology recently patented byMicrosoft which enables one to mine cryptocurrency through the use of their body. (which interestingly enough includes the number 060606) Plus, MIT has now developed a way to store a person’s health/vaccination history just under the skin using a kind of infrared dye which can be detected by a smartphone. This, coupled with questionable vaccinations which may alter one’s DNA, and ID 2020, we can see the technology behind the mark of the beast take form.
Thirdly, we have France’s Emmanuel Macron positioning himself as leader of the world. Will he be the man of perdition, THE antichrist? I have no idea. I do believe the beast is alive and well, but it is not yet his time.
The convergence of these three, in addition to all the other signs of the time, highlight the fact that we truly are living in unprecedented times. The stage is set. The rapture of the Bride of Christ is imminent. All we are waiting for is for the Restrainer (whom I believe is the Holy Spirit) to step out of the way (taking the Bride with Him), then the curtain will part to reveal the man of perdition himself and the Tribulation will follow.
BUT WAIT! THERE IS GOOD NEWS!
As I was waking from a nap on Tuesday, without thinking about it, I asked the Lord “How much longer? What else needs to happen before you come for us?” His response was immediate. In the still, small, voice I heard, “Nothing has to happen. My delay is not because certain events need to transpire. I will call for my people when whosoever will come, comes.”
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
As uncertain as this world has become, His is a peace which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) He is waiting for that last person who will turn to Him, and in His infinite knowledge, He knows just who that is. (John 3:16)
Is it YOU? Check out the page “Are You Ready”for more info.
While working on this post, S.T. Lloyd published THIS article. It is very similar to mine and is a good example of how the Holy Spirit is moving.
In the meantime, sisters and brothers, keep serving, keep strong, keep your lamps full, and keep looking up…..For our redemption draweth nigh.