News ID: 150859
Published: 0735 GMT May 06, 2016

DiCaprio invited to visit Orumieh Lake

DiCaprio invited to visit Orumieh Lake

Arts & Culture Desk Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio has been invited to visit Orumieh Lake in the northeast of Iran after he posted a warning on his Instagram account over the drying lake.

The Headquarters for Reviving Orumieh Lake in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan has invited DiCaprio to visit Orumieh Lake that was shrunk by more than 90 percent over the past two decades, Mehr News Agency reported.

"A dilapidated ship dock remains on dried up Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran. It used to be the biggest salt lake in the Middle East, but it now contains five percent of the amount of water it did two decades ago due to climate change, dam construction and decrease in precipitation," he posted on his account.

His message was liked by tens of thousands of Iranian users, among them the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis whose message was liked by Head of Department of the Environment Massoumeh Ebtekar.

"Thanks @LeoDiCaprio for drawing attention of the world to Lake Urmia. All hands count. Keep up the great work," the UN official wrote.

Orumieh Lake had shrunk by more than 90 percent over the past two decades due to severe drought and the damming of rivers feeding it.

 

 

   
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