Several areas in the countryside of Aleppo are experiencing drought as the heavy use of groundwater has dried up many wells. All these portend greater problems related to water scarcity in the future.
Bassam Hamsho, a geological engineer and a resident of Suran, attributed the water scarcity in the countryside of Aleppo, which caused the loss of crops, to the impermeable underground rocks in the area. These rocks, in fact, prevent rainwater from feeding the aquifer.
Over the last two years, a reduction in rainfall amounts has been observed in Aleppo countryside, according to Hamsho. Less than 20 percent of the average annual rainfall occurred during this year, which led to the drying up of a large number of wells in the region.
One farmer in the city of Suran, north of Aleppo, claimed had no choice but to pull nearly 15,000 summer vegetable plants because he did not have enough water to keep them alive. Many farmers from the same area had to remove dying vegetable plants grown in summer.
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