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4/23/03

More water flows into Iran through Hirmand river

The recent rainfalls in Afghanistan have raised the water flowing to Iran's border via Hirmand river to over 350 cubic meters per second, IRNA reported from Zabol in Sistan and Baluchestan province.

A report released by Sistan and Baluchestan province's Water Department here on Wednesday said that out of the incoming water, 160 cubic meters per second will be directed towards natural water reservoirs, known as Chahnimehs, to supply the provincial potable water.

The remaining water is to enter the two provincial rivers of Sistan and Pariyan.

It added that following several years of drought, water from Hirmand river, which started flowing towards Iran in mid-fall at a rate of 25 cubic meters per second, is currently on the increase.

According to a water department official, due to the increasing inflow of Hirmand river and the overflow of Kajaki dam, a flood in Sistan area in the coming days is quite likely.

This is while, a provincial official declared that measures have been taken to bring under control a maximum inflow of 2000 cubic meters per second.

A treaty consisting of a preface, 12 articles and two annexes was inked by Iran and Afghanistan sharing Hirmand water in 1972.

Based on the treaty, Iran's share of Hirmand river in Sistan area is 26 cubic meters per second.

The water flowing into Hirmand river from Afghanistan is partially stored at Sistan area's Chahnimehs No. 1, 2 and 3.

... Payvand News - 4/23/03 ... --



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