If The Mosul Dam Bursts, It Could Kill More People Than The Iraq War
Sometimes called the most dangerous dam in the world, the Mosul Dam could kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis if it were to burst.By Jake Godin | May 5, 2016
Iraq's Mosul Dam is one of the most dangerous in the world.
At capacity, it holds back about 11 billion cubic meters of water. If the dam bursts, in a matter of hours it could kill more people than the entire Iraq War. The U.S. estimates anywhere between 500,000 to 1.47 million lives would be at risk.
Many of them are in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. The city's been under ISIS control since 2014. The dam, about 26 miles northwest of Mosul, currently isn't.