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The Tough Days of Zayandeh Rud


Photos by Hossein Baharloo, ISNA, September 2009

Zayandeh Rud (life giver river) is the largest river on the central plateau of Iran, Isfahan Province. The Zayandeh starts in the Zagros Mountains and flows 400 kilometres (200 mi) eastward before ending in the Gavkhouni swamp, a seasonal salt lake, southeast of Esfahan city.  The Zayandeh Rud is spanned by many historical Safavid era bridges, and flows through many parks. Zayandeh Rud normally has significant flow all year long, unlike many of Iran's rivers which are seasonal. But this year the severe draught has caused the river to completely dry up. The river which used to be the meeting place for lovers has now turned into a grazing place for herds of sheep...

Zayandeh Rud, Isfahan


BEFORE: The beautiful Zayandeh Rud (summer 2002)

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AFTER: Zayandeh Rud in September 2009

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