The dam, more than 20 years in the making, will generate electricity for a large area of southeast Turkey. But it has been heavily criticized over its impact on the environment and on the tens of thousands of villagers who will be displaced. Its waters will also submerge a 12,year-old town. Turkey started filling the Ilisu dam last week, prompting deep concern over water shortages in Iraq.
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The dam, more than 20 years in the making, will generate electricity for a large area of southeast Turkey. But it has been heavily criticized over its impact on the environment and on the tens of thousands of villagers who will be displaced.
Its waters will also submerge a 12,year-old town. Turkey started filling the Ilisu dam last week, prompting deep concern over water shortages in Iraq. Ankara had already delayed the planned start by three months at the request of its southern neighbor. The filling will resume on July 1, he said, adding that water will still flow into Iraq in accordance with agreements between the two countries.
But Western export credit insurers quit the project saying it did not meet international standards on the environment and preservation of cultural heritage. The government later secured credit from three local banks to continue construction. Once it is filled, Ilisu will completely or partially flood villages and the 12, year-old town of Hasankeyf, which is home to 78, people, according a report from a campaign group, The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive.
Hasankeyf was used by the Romans as a fortress to ward off Persians. The town was later destroyed by Mongols and rebuilt in the 11th century by Seljuk Turks.
Some of the ancient structures have been moved to a nearby area. Discover Thomson Reuters. Directory of sites. United States. World News. Tulay Karadeniz , Ahmed Aboulenein. FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a costruction site of the Ilisu dam by the Tigris river that flows through the ancient town of Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the a dam being constructed, in southeastern Turkey, September 27,
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It is one of the 22 dams of the Southeastern Anatolia Project and its purpose is hydroelectric power production, flood control and water storage. When operational, the dam will support a 1, MW power station and will form a Construction of the dam began in and was originally expected to be completed by The dam has drawn international controversy,  because it will flood portions of ancient Hasankeyf and necessitate the relocation of people living in the region. Because of this, the dam lost international funding in
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Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive