UN warns of catastrophic dam failure in #Syria battle

The United Nations is warning of catastrophic flooding in Syria from the Tabqa dam, which is at risk from high water levels, deliberate sabotage by Daesh and further damage from air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

The earth-filled dam holds back the the Euphrates River 40 km (25 miles) upstream of the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa and has been controlled by the terrorist group since 2014.

Water levels on the river have risen by about 10 metres since Jan. 24, due partly to heavy rainfall and snow and partly to IS opening three turbines of the dam, flooding riverside areas downstream, according to a U.N. report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

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