Even Islamic State hasn't thought of such a thing which powers them of snatching lives of nothing less than 1 million people within few moments in Iraq.
With no guns or ammunition, Mosul dam has indirectly powered the terror outfit for creating panic like situation.
It has turned out to be one of the biggest concerns for Iraqi engineers who were involved in making giant Mosul dam. The engineers have warned that the risk of its imminent collapse and the consequent death toll could be even worse than reported.
According to a report published pressure on the dam’s compromised structure was building up rapidly as winter snows melted and more water flowed into the reservoir, bringing it up to its maximum capacity, while the sluice gates normally used to relieve that pressure were jammed shut.
Islamic State had forcefully taken custody of the dam in 2014 and since then no repair work has been done which makes it more prone to disastrous 20-metre-high flood wave hitting the city of Mosul and then rolling on down the Tigris valley through Tikrit and Samarra to Baghdad.
In normal course of repair, injection filled with concrete are pushed to keep dam base solid but with Islamic State over it the chasms in the porous rock under the dam have become bigger and more dangerous. If no quick action is taken on this then it is very likely that dam will not be able to survive the increasing water pressure.
As a security measure, Iraqi government has asked people to shift at least 6 kms away from the river banks.
No one knows how many days people have to save their live. There are chances that dam could survive for a year or even collapse tomorrow.