Prophecy Watch: It has been a while since I have posted any Prophecy Watch reports. I will admit that the news is so full these days that it is increasingly difficult to choose what to report and what to let slide when making editorial decisions!
The Euphrates River has ever been a Biblical landmark. Genesis notes it as one of the boundaries of the Garden, Abraham haled from that region along the river bank. The Prophet Daniel on the heels of the handwriting on the Wall episode, prophesied to King Balshazzar the night before, the Euphrates would dry up and be used as vehicle for the enemy to overtake the Palace. Revelation 9:14 and Rev. 16:12-15 give us some specifics on yet to be fulfilled happenings in and around the Euphrates River. When I begin to see these sort of headlines popping up in various sources (including UN reports) then I, as a Believer sit up and take note:
Mosul Dam reported at imminent risk of Collapse
Iraq’s Mosul Dam — the largest in the country — is currently at risk of collapse, according to recent claims by U.S. officials.
Some observers have voiced fear that the Iraqi government — which currently has its hands full fighting Daesh– would be unable to take the necessary measures should the 30-year-old dam collapse.
Mahdi Rasheed, undersecretary of Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources, however, insists the claims are exaggerated.
“The Mosul Dam is functioning properly,” he told Anadolu Agency. “Rumors of its imminent collapse are unfounded.”
Rasheed said the dam had been subject to regular maintenance since 1986, going on to stress that the government had carried out repair work on the dam following its recapture from Daesh in 2014.
“An Italian company has been hired to repair damaged parts of the dam,” he added.
Daesh overran Mosul — Iraq’s second largest city — in mid-2014, briefly capturing the massive dam.
“Iraqi security forces, with air support from U.S.-led coalition forces, have now been deployed to protect the dam,” said Rasheed.
The Iraqi government had previously said that some 400 Italian troops would be sent to the area to secure the dam.
By Haydar Hadi
Mosul dam is at risk of collapsing and ‘causing a catastrophe of epic proportions’ which would kill up to 1.5 MILLION people warns US ambassador
- Governments urged to move quickly to prevent breach of the dam in Iraq
- The dam was built on an unstable foundation that continuously erodes
- Weakened when ISIS seized it briefly in 2014 prompting maintenance lapse
- Fears collapse cold unleash 45ft waves devastating Mosul and flooding Baghdad
Mosul dam is at risk of collapsing and causing a ‘humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions’ which could kill 1.5million people, a US ambassador has warned.
Governments have been urged to move quickly to prevent a breach of Iraq’s largest dam, which would unleash a wave as high as 45ft, devastating Mosul and flooding much of the capital Baghdad.
After hosting a meeting with Iraq’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim to hear briefings on the potential disaster, US Ambassador Samantha Power called on all UN member states to take immediate steps.
‘It is crucial that all UN member states quickly get informed about the magnitude of the problem and the importance of readiness to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions,’ said Power.
The ambassador described briefings by technical experts, engineers and representatives from UN aid and development agencies as ‘chilling.’
‘In the event of a breach, there is the potential in some places for a flood wave up to 14 meters high that could sweep up everything in its path, including people, cars, unexploded ordnance, waste and other hazardous material, further endangering massive population centers that lie in the flood path,’ said Power in a statement released by the US mission.
Power said repair work must be undertaken as soon as possible and Iraqis must be well informed about the best evacuation routes.
Italian firm Trevi has been selected to carry out crucial repair work on the dam, which is currently protected by Kurdish peshmerga forces.
A UN aid appeal for Iraq has received only eight percent of the $861 million requested, compounding concerns about badly needed assistance.