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Drying Euphrates sounds alarm bells in Syria

Aid groups and engineers have warned of a looming humanitarian disaster in northeastern Syria amid a drop in water levels of the country’s longest river, the Euphrates.

In the village of Rumayleh in Alepp Province, Khaled al-Khamees, a 50-year-old farmer, said, "It's as if we were in the desert."

"We're thinking of leaving because there's no water left to drink or irrigate the trees," AFP cited Khamees as saying on Monday.

Aid groups and engineers say that five million Syrians are at risk of water and power cutoffs amid declining water levels at hydroelectric dams since January.

The waning river flow adds to the woes of the people there after a decade of foreign-backed militancy and amid a coronavirus pandemic.

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