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The Euphrates River forms the border between the province of Adıyaman and its neighbours Diyarbakır and Şanlıurfa.
The Atatürk Dam ( constructed 1983-1990 at a site south of Adıyaman city ), was designed to provide hydroelectric power to the area and irrigation to the Şanlıurfa-Harran and Ceylanpınar plains. Water began to flow through tunnels from the dam to these areas in 1995.
As a result of the formation of the lake behind the dam, some 55,000 people were displaced from their villages up and down the river. Rescue excavations took place at a number of archaeological sites in advance of their destruction by the waters of the lake.
These views are of various places on the river before the flooding.
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