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Iran-Turkmen river flowing again after drought

1/3/01 Sarakhs, Khorasan Prov., Jan 2, IRNA -- The water is flowing again in the Iran-Turkmenistan Hariroud River after it had dried up 10 months ago during the region's worst drought in 30 years, an agricultural official said here Monday.

Abdolreza Yousefi, Sarakhs agricultural director told IRNA that dryness of the river has caused over 129 billion rials of damage to cattle herds and farmers.

Sarakhs originates from mountains in the neighboring Afghanistan and flows into Iran.

Last week, water began flowing again overnight in the 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) Hirmand River which had been completely dry for nearly a year.

Also Zayandeh-Rud river, which cuts through the historic central city of Isfahan, also began flowing again after being dry for some four months.

Recent rain and snowfall has helped put an end to the drought, which is believed to have killed more than 800,000 head of livestock, according to UN estimates.

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