Source: Radio Zamaneh
Up to 600 rural areas in various regions of Iran are facing critical water shortages. The Tasnim News Agency reports that Sattar Farhadi, the head of Charmahal Bakhtiyari Province, reported today that residents in 250 villages in the province are struggling with a severe water shortage.
file photo: water delivery tanker in Qom
He reported that water is being delivered by tankers to these villages, and with the rising heat during summer, more villages may need similar services.
Gilan officials have also reported water shortages in 240 villages, while Yazd Province has also issued reports of water shortages hitting 100 villages in the municipality of Taft.
Officials have warned that water may need to be rationed in order to regulate excessive consumption in urban areas.
Yazd faces water shortage as supply from Isfahan cut by protesting farmers (March 2013)
Iran's Water Crisis: A Bigger Threat Than Israel?
Issa Kalantari, the minister of agricultural under president Hashemi Rafsanjani, told Ghanoon newspaper this week that the water crisis is the "main problem that threatens" Iran, adding that it is more dangerous "than Israel, America or political fighting" among the Iranian elite. -Zachary Keck, The Diplomat
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