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MP calls again for action on Lake Oroumiyeh

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian MP Mehdi Issazadeh has once again raised the alarm about the declining water levels in Lake Oroumiyeh, saying the lake is on the verge of drying out completely. Khaneh Mellat reports that the MP said: "The situation at Lake Oroumiyeh is a wake-up call for officials and it threatens the country."

Issazadeh said the state of Oroumiyeh demands immediate attention, but no one is taking responsibility for it.

The largest inland lake in Iran, Lake Oroumiyeh has been rapidly drying up, and many have blamed unregulated dam-building as the major cause.

Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square). ( View Larger Map)

Environmental advocates hope the new administration headed by Hassan Rohani will be more proactive in resolving Iran's environmental problems

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