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09/10/11

Isfahan: Call for protests to save Zayandeh Rud

There is a call for the people in Isfahan, central Iran, to join a silent protest by wearing black this Saturday in order to bring attention to the dire situation of Zayandeh Rud river and the condition of the historical sio-seh-pol bridge.


Zayandeh Roud and Sio-se-pol bridge (photo by Hamzeh Karbasi)

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 in recent years, due to severe draught and diversion of water resources feeding the river, Zayandeh Rud has been completely drying up during the summer seasons.


Zayandeh Rud, Isfahan

 

BEFORE: The beautiful Zayandeh Rud (summer 2002)

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