Despite the increasing rise in temperatures that Iraq witnesses every year, a large number of Iraqis still suffer from frequent power outages and do not have the means of air conditioning.
On the Shatt al-Arab River, young and old are racing to get some refreshment to ease the stifling temperatures that hit the Iraqi city of Basra before the start of the summer season.
“The temperature is high, so we bring the children to enjoy and spend some time here,” says Saeed Hamid Adel, a resident of the city.
Despite the increasing temperature that Iraq witnesses every year, which reached 46 degrees Celsius in Basra so far this year, a large number of Iraqis still suffer from frequent power outages and do not have the means of air conditioning.
Atheer Abdul Razzaq, who lives in Basra, believes that the electricity provided by the concerned authorities is much better this year in particular.
It is noteworthy that Iraq has been suffering for years from a scarcity of rainfall due to climate change, as well as a decline in vegetation cover in most parts of the country, which exacerbates the situation.