March 29, 2017.
In the first week of March, the second stage of a dam named after Bassel al-Assad (the elder brother of President Bashar al-Assad who died in a car accident in 1994) was put into operation. After its commissioning to date, the total area of irrigated agricultural land located near the Habur river in Hasakah province reached 12,000 hectares.
The Director of Water Resources of Hasakah Province Abd al-Razzaq al-Awaq told the correspondent of SANA that the department had closed the dam shutters, completing the second stage of the irrigation project along the banks of the Al-Khabur River. The territory of irrigated land will spread until the border with the Deir ez-Zor province. Abd al-Razzaq al-Awaq said that the amount of fresh water used for irrigation reached 10 million cubic meters, so it increases the importance of commissioning to date that will help increase the growth of crops, especially wheat and barley. The director of the department said that in the future the third irrigation project is planned to be connected with the Bassel dam: it is planned to be completed by the middle of April, just at the time when plants need water to strengthen the ears. This will increase the production of wheat and barley in Hasaka province in the current season.
There are 500.91 million cubic meters of water in the reservoir of Bassel al-Assad Dam after the introduction of the second irrigation project.