Lake Tuz, Turkey’s second largest lake and home to several of birds, has entirely dried up this year. The water body has dried up leaving agriculture and tourism struggling for survival.

Water has also gone down at several others lakes across Turkey. Lakes are victims of drought brought on by climate change and harmful agricultural policies.

The lake has now been reduced to an arid land. Right now the situation is catastrophic compared to 11 years ago because by then there was water coming out of the ground and now water comes out through pipes that are around 50 to 60 meters deep.

Rising temperatures and low rainfall have taken a toll on the water body. This year has been particularly worse but the disaster was long in the making, satellite images show that the lakes water level began falling from the year 2000. Local farmers have dug thousands of unlicensed wells near the lake and this has also led to the depletion of ground water.

The lake is completely dried up but the experts a silver lining, they say that the situation is not reversible but further damage can be prevented.

There were about 5,000 young flamingos and they are all perished because there was no water. With other several lakes across Turkey have dried up or have reduced to the alarming level, affected by unsustainable irrigation practices.  Climate experts warn that the entire Mediterranean basin, which includes Turkey, is at risk for desertification and drought

Turkey was one of the first countries to sign the Paris Agreement in 2016 and it argues that it should be considered developed country as part of the agreement, since historically it’s responsible for a very small share of carbon emissions.

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