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That's 2400 work hours per day dedicated to maintaining the dam. It has been 567 days since the dam was retaken on August 18, 2014. For a total of over 1.3 million work hours of missing maintenance time.
“We used to have 300 people working 24 hours in three shifts but very few of these workers have come back. There are perhaps 30 people there now,” "The machines for grouting have been looted. There is no cement supply. They can do nothing."
This being a conspiracy website, I can't help but put on my ol' tinfoil and wonder, could the dam's collapse be intended? The CNN video refers to an ISIS-controlled Mosul, that would be inundated. I also notice the CNN video blames corruption, instability, and bureaucracy for the dam's disrepair, but not military occupation.
originally posted by: ElGoobero
CNN reports on issue
***But years of neglect brought on by a lack of funding, corruption and bureaucracy have plagued efforts to refurbish the dam, and Iraq's security problems have kept much-needed international companies -- and their expertise and advanced technology -- away.
In a recent security message, the U.S. government said if the dam collapses, "Some models estimate that Mosul could be inundated by as much as 70 feet (21 meters) of water within hours of the breach. Downriver cities such as Tikrit, Samarra, and Baghdad could be inundated with smaller, but still significant levels of flooding within 24-72 hours of the breach."
The lives of at least 1.5 million people could be at risk, according to U.S. estimates.***
problem isn't getting better.