(The Daily Mail newspaper ) Engineers are desperately trying to repair a dam in Mosul which is slowly collapsing and will be ‘more devastating than a nuclear bomb’ if it falls.
With the battle to liberate the Iraqi city from Islamic State continuing, an Italian company will have about 18 months to fix the dam’s foundations and stop more than 11 trillion litres of water (11.11billion cubic metres) from flooding Mosul.
But experts are warning their work could be in vain, and should the catastrophe happen, it is estimated 1.5million people could be killed by the floods.
Engineers from Italian firm TREVI are working to solidify the dam, which is located 60km north of Mosul.
But professor of water resources and environmental engineering at Lulea University in Sweden has said the structure is doomed.
‘No matter how much grouting and maintenance the company will do, it may expand the life span of the dam, but it is just going to delay the disaster.
‘It is just a matter of time. It will be worse than throwing a nuclear bomb on Iraq,’