For the past week Iran has blocked the flow of the Little Zab and Sirwan rivers across the border, two main sources of the Kurdistan Region’s Dukan and Darbandikhan dams, five days after Tehran initiated a set of major irrigation and drainage projects in its western provinces. Haji (a local) says the dwindling river levels threatens a total of 750 acres of farmland in Sulaimani’s Pishdar region, leaving them without proper irrigation. "The water level has continued to decline for the past five days. The more the water plummets, the more we deepen our water wells. But if the river's flow comes to a complete halt and is never restored, a catastrophe will occur and hundreds of farmers will be jobless," he said.