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Iraq | Low water levels, higher salinity in Chibayish Marshes, a WH site, killing wildlife

CHIBAYISH MARSHES, Iraq (Reuters) - Dozens of water buffalo in Iraq’s southeastern wetlands have died because of low water levels in the marshes, threatening the livelihoods of a community of marsh dwellers that has made the area its home for millennia.

Water levels in the marshes have fallen a third from their peak at 1.30 meters. Just as important, water salinity has nearly doubled, said Raad Habib, head of the Chibayish Organization for Environmental Tourism.


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