The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

Turkey: big cities struggle with water scarcity - Istanbul fears day zero


Istanbul could run out of water in less than 40 days. The situation is also critical in other major Turkish cities. Imams have already called to pray for rain.

Icon: enlarge

Feeding seagulls in Istanbul: Due to construction problems, an important dam project is likely to be delayed by several years


Because of the corona pandemic, Muslims in Turkey are currently advised not to come to the mosque for Friday prayers.

On December 11, 2020, the churches were still well attended in many places.

The Turkish religious authority Diyanet had called for prayers for rain.

Thousands of believers across the country answered the call, including Vice President Fuat Oktay.

However, that has done little. 

It is true that afterwards there was actually heavy rainfall in several regions.

However, these had been predicted by meteorologists.

The showers did not help against the persistent drought in the country.

It has not rained enough in Turkey for months.

Several large cities are fighting against water scarcity.

The reservoirs from which Istanbul draws its water were only 19 percent full at the beginning of January.

Should there continue to be so little rainfall, experts expect the metropolis to run out of water in less than 40 days.

Then day zero would have been reached, which Cape Town was very close to in 2018.   

Read more with Spiegel Plus

More perspectives, more understanding.

Your advantages with SPIEGEL +

  • Icon: Check

    SPIEGEL as a magazine

    as an app, e-paper and on the e-reader

  • Icon: Check

    All articles on

    Exclusive texts for SPIEGEL + readers

  • Icon: Check

    Try one month for free

    Cancel anytime online

    A price

    only € 19.99 per month

One month for € 0.00

Try now for 0.00 € Buy nowArrow to the right

Already have a digital subscription? Register here

Restore iTunes subscription

SPIEGEL + is processed via your iTunes account and paid for with a purchase confirmation.

24 hours before it expires, the subscription is automatically renewed by one month at the current price of € 19.99.

You can cancel the subscription at any time in the settings of your iTunes account.

In order to use SPIEGEL + outside of this app, you must link the subscription to a SPIEGEL ID account immediately after purchase.

With the purchase you accept our general terms and conditions and privacy policy.

Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2021-01-17

You may like

Life/Entertain 2020-08-03T08:10:23.821Z

Trends 24h

News/Politics 2021-02-24T11:22:40.432Z


© Communities 2019 - Privacy