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The Failure of Iraq's Largest Dam Could Soon Put 1.5 million People at Risk

Although Trevi's engineers has been awarded the contract to repair the dam, it would be some time until they stabilise the dam.

Iraq's largest dam has been classified as having 'an unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning." 

In a meeting held by Samantha Power,  U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Mohamed Alhakim, Iraqi's U.N. ambassador, the seriousness of the possible scenarios were the dam to collapse without warning were "chilling." Over 500,000-1.47 million people would be at risk, meaning they would have little or no time to flee the tidal wave that would flood the entire region within 4 hours. 

"In the event of a breach, there is the potential in some places for a flood wave up to 14 meters high (45 feet) that could sweep up everything in its path, including people, cars, unexploded ordnance, waste and other hazardous materials," Power said. Baghdad, which is 275 miles from the dam would also flood the city of 7 million within 77 hours.

Although Trevi's engineers has been awarded the contract to repair the dam, it would be some time until they stabilise the dam. 

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