Istanbul, Sept. 21, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Birds are seen on the Buyukcekmece lake with exposed lake bed in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 21, 2020. Turkey's giant metropolis Istanbul has been trying to cope with water shortage fueled by inefficient rainfalls and a dry summer season. The water level in nine different dams that have been supplying the city's needs has dropped to 40 percent as of Monday, down from 52 percent over the same period last year.

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Istanbul, Sept. 21, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Sept. 21, 2020 shows the Buyukcekmece lake with exposed lake bed in Istanbul, Turkey.

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