Deterioration Of Iraq's Massive Mosul Dam Reaches Crisis PointJan 2, 2017
In Iraq, a few miles from the frontlines of the war with ISIS looms another threat - the Mosul Dam. It's a massive piece of infrastructure that regulates the Tigris River and generates power to the region. But the dam also sits on weak rock that's rapidly eroding. For years, engineers have been warning that the dam is in danger of collapsing and creating a massive flood that could kill more than a million people. With the recent fighting, their calls have taken on new urgency.
Dexter Filkins recently visited the dam and writes about it in this week's New Yorker magazine. Welcome to the program.