Rivers in western Turkey suffer from severe drought, pollution

Two major rivers in western Turkey, Tunca and Meriç streams both observed significant drops in water levels, local agencies reported on Sep. 7. Residents and visitors have also polluted the rivers to the point that they resemble dumpsites, including plastic water bottles and glass alcohol bottles.

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The Tunca River in Turkey's northwestern province of Edirne became a dumpsite after it dried out following a dry summer, and water levels in nearby Meriç River receded drastically too, local agencies reported on Sep. 7.

The water levels in the Tunca River dropped drastically, data from the State Water Works (DSİ) showed. Averaging around 150 cubic meters per second in winter, the river flow has dropped to four cubic meters per second, essentially coming to a halt. 

Residents and visitors also polluted the riverbed to the point that the river resembled a dumpsite, including plastic water bottles and glass alcohol bottles that have been laying around. 

The Meriç River also suffered from the drought over the summer, reportedly with the contribution of local farmers' use of the resource for watering their land. 

The most recent measurements placed the water levels at 58 cubic meters per second on the Meriç River, and islets have emerged throughout the area because of the drop in levels.