Dams are empty
Although the winter is almost over, there has not been enough rainfall in Cyprus to fill the dams. The average amount of water in the dams in Northern Cyprus is 23.6 per cent. This rate was 27.1 per cent in October 2013. The Waterworks Department made a warning about drought.
According to the news report by Ceren Özbil in Havadis newspaper, only three of the 18 dams in the Northern Cyprus are filled at least 70 per cent.
The Geçitkale Eğridere Dam in Lefkonuk, which has a capacity of 1 million 360 thousand 510 cubic meters is completely empty. The lack of rainfall also affected the water wells, increasing their salinity.
Taner Turgay Hoşsöz, Director of Waterworks Department stated that the water levels in dams have never been this low since 2003 and warned that the country may be faced with drought in the coming months.