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Drought hits three lagoons in northwestern Iran

Mahabad, W. Azarbaijan Prov., July 26, IRNA -- As a result of a severe drought which has hit Iran, three valuable lagoons of international recognition dried up in this northwestern city, an official of the Environment Protection Department announced here on Wednesday.

The lagoons, covering an area of 320 hectares, enjoy international recognition for their economic, environmental, scientific and recreational importance, Jaafar Seddiqi said.

"Over 21,000 migratory and endemic birds have left the lagoons and migrated to various regions after they ran dry," he told IRNA.

The lagoons in this city every year welcome more than 50,000 fowls including ducks, swans, flamingos, herons, gray geese, etc.

"The drought has delayed the oviposition of birds in the region," Seddiqi said.

He noted that these lagoons play the roles of producer, consumer and habitat with their drying up disturbing the natural cycle and bringing about abnormalities in bird reproduction.

He expressed the hope that with the advent of the precipitation season, the lagoons can be restored since they guarantee the lives of the birds.

The lagoons, located on the shores of the northwestern Uromiyeh Lake, cover an area of 30,000 ha of land. Owing to their appropriate environmental condition, potable water and abundance of various fish pecies, they are a main habitat to migratory birds and are internationally valued.

Earlier the Bakhtegan Lake in southern Iran, normally a favored as a stopping point for thousands of migrating flamingos, ran dry as a result of the drought.

Iran has endured particularly hot weather this year, worsening the continuing drought which has already devastated more than half of Iran's 28 provinces, inflicting heavy damages.

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