News ID: 218010
Published: 0320 GMT July 09, 2018

Protest over water shortage held in southern Iran

Protest over water shortage held in southern Iran

Hundreds of protesters in the southern Iranian city of Borazjan took to the streets on Sunday for a second day, calling on the country’s officials to resolve the water crisis in the city.

According to local reports, the taps in Borazjan have been dry for several days and residents blame mismanagement by local authorities for the crisis, IRNA reported.

A provincial official in Borazjan admitted that since the beginning of the spring, the water supply to the area has decreased by 30,000 cubic meters daily.

In recent weeks, there have been some protests in Iran’s southern provinces over shortage of fresh water.

Recently, water shortage and pollution of fresh water resources caused demonstrations in some cities in Khuzestan Province.

Khorramshahr and Abadan, two major cities in the energy-rich province, faced severe fresh water shortage last month.

However, a huge water transfer project named Ghadir II became operational in southern Iran on Wednesday night, ending the residents’ water problem after long time.

The project became operational ahead of schedule, media reports said.

With the second phase of the project becoming operational, good-quality tap water was pumped to the cities of Abadan, Khorramshahr and Shadegan.

The Iran Meteorological Organization estimates 97 percent of the country is facing some form of drought.

“Although Iran has a history of drought, over the last decade, Iran has experienced its most prolonged, extensive and severe drought in over 30 years,” said a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency.


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