The drained dam reveals the extent of the drought
The drained May Dam reveals the extent of the drought.
The May Dam, whose water level drops significantly in Akören district of Konya, reveals the extent of the drought in the region.
The dam, which was built in 1960 for the purpose of irrigation and flood prevention on May Stream in Akören district borders, is one of the important ponds in the region with its 8 square kilometers lake area at the water level.
The dam, fed by rain and snow waters coming from the mountains, is also home to various fish and bird species.
The lake area of the dam has declined to a football field this year due to the low rainfall and drought. The loss of fish in the pond with the fall of the water level reveals the painful dimension of the drought.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Hayrettin Altun, the headman of Ahmediye Mahallesi adjacent to the dam pond, said that the extent of the drought emerged in the dam.
Noting that the lake was full of water in January last year, Altun said:
"It has come to a dry point due to the lack of rainfall. There is as much water as a football field. The fish started to perish when they were without oxygen. Many dead fish are seen on the edge of the water. I hope the rain comes and we forget this frightening view. Nearly 80 of them were filled with water. I don't know whether it is climate change or global warming, but this is the first time I encounter such a landscape. A dam lake filled with rain and snow water. This year, it came to a drying point when the rain did not fall. It was not possible to see this state until this time. Even in summer there would be a certain amount of water. "
- "This is what we call a drought"
Eyüp Aydoğdu, 56, one of the residents of the region, stated that he did not see the dry state of the lake during the winter months and said, "It would be full in these months. It would only retreat when the summer was dry, but it would be full in this season. This is the landscape we call drought. It would not reach the level to end. he spoke.