TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Uzbekistan is concerned that proposed hydroelectric projects in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will disrupt its agriculture.
Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, External Service, Wednesday quoted Uzbek Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Zafarov as saying that if the planned hydroelectric facilities are constructed with no regard for the agricultural needs of downstream states, if the water level on these dams rose above its usual highest mark in wintertime it would cause flooding and massive losses to agricultural fields and residential areas in towns and villages in the downstream states of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
At issue is the glacial runoff of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers, the longest in Central Asia, which originate in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
During the Soviet era water discharges were regulated by authorities in Moscow, but since 1991 the five Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have been unable to achieve a binding regional agreement on the equitable distribution of the rivers’ flow.
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