No one seems to actually know what's going on near the Mariouteya canal, but fields, roads and gardens are being flooded by overflow from the irrigation canal. I've seen houses where the agricultural water is lapping at the front door. Here in the fields you can look at what seems to be a pond and then realise that some poor farmer isn't able to raise the food that he needs to be planting for his family or his animals. And the damage isn't just done while the water is standing. Afterwards higher levels of salt affect the land, while the water has killed all the plants right down to the roots.