The Sidi Salem dam has particularly low water levels due to a 30-percent drop in rainfall in the country this year.
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Activists are warning of a potential "thirst uprising" in Tunisia following protests over severe water shortages after one of the North African nation's driest summers on record. Residents in the interior are suffering long water supply cuts, reservoirs are running dry and farmers are seeing significant losses, adding to social tensions in a country still struggling with instability since its 2011 revolution.The Tunisian citizens' water observatory, known as Watchwater, warned last month the country could face a "thirst uprising" reminiscent of the protest movement that spread across Tunisia nearly six years ago.In August, the Agriculture Ministry warned Tunisia would be facing a "catastrophic" situation if it did not rain by the end of the summer.Agricultural losses for this year have already reached nearly 2 billion dinars ($900 million), according to the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries.Some, like the Nabhana reservoir in central Tunisia, are completely dry.
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