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Turkey Inaugurates 36 Dams to Improve Water Storage

Turkey inaugurated 36 dams today as part of 3.25 billion liras ($1.6 billion) of projects to improve water storage for farmers and increase acreage for agricultural use.

With Istanbul among the cities suffering from drought, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan authorized spending for 26 irrigation facilities, mostly in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa, and on drinking water for Izmir, Van, Ordu, Karaman, Sinop and Aydin.

Turkey spent 760 million liras for dams in Adatepe, Gulbahar and elsewhere and a similar amount for irrigation works to provide water to 1.1 million acres of agricultural land, according to the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works.

Turkey’s spending for 113 projects also includes weather forecast stations, naval radar and rehabilitation of forest and river areas, the Forestry and Water Works Ministry said in a statement.

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