Iraq's 'Pearl of the South' Lake Sawa dry due to water crisis
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Iraq's famous and prominent Lake Sawa has dried up for the first time in its centuries-old history.
Locals believe that the lake has dried up due to mismanagement by local investors, neglect of the government and climate change.
About Sawa Lake
It is a biodiversity-rich wetland located near the city of Samwa, south of Iraq's capital, Baghdad.
Sawa Lake is mentioned in some old Islamic texts.
It is said that the lake was created miraculously on the day Prophet Muhammad was born in 570 AD
Thousands of religious tourists come every year to take a dip in the holy waters of this lake.
In 2014, Lake Sawa was designated a Ramsar Site, an international designation for significant wetlands, recognized as a rare area in need of conservation.
This lake was known as the pearl of the south.
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