Petrodollars fail to ease Basra's water crisis

05.08.2019 - By FT News in Focus

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Iraq’s second city Basra sits on top of some of the world’s biggest oil reserves that fuel the country’s economy. But life in the city serves as a warning for how rapidly ordinary people can pay the environmental price for mismanagement even as the petrodollars flow in. Leslie Hook, FT environment correspondent, discusses the city’s water crisis with Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent.

Contributors: Suzanne Blumsom, executive editor, Leslie Hook, environment correspondent and Chloe Cornish, Middle East correspondent. Producer: Fiona Symon For information regarding your data privacy, visit

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