Possible dam collapse in Mosul, Iraq

There are concerns that erosion and lack of maintenance may cause a catastrophic collapse of the Mosul Dam. The Dam has suffered from structural flaws since its completion in 1984. Although efforts to strengthen the Dam are underway, a collapse could lead to floodwaters that might kill 1.47 million Iraqis living along the River Tigris.

Advice For Travellers

While authorities suggest that a collapse is “highly unlikely”, Mosul and other cities along the Tigris River (e.g., Tikrit, Samarra and the Iraqi capital Baghdad) could be quickly flooded. Travellers should consider having an evacuation plan prepared, if this event occurs.

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