Iran can become drought prone soon

Posted on August 2, 2012

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Iran can soon become a drought prone country, Head of Iran’s Water management resources department in Alborz province, Behzad Parsa said, ILNA reported.

Parsa said that right and rational use of water resources is needed in Iran, as this is the only way for proper control of the sources.

He added that considering the rising population, lack of proper investments  and bad management can soon lead to Iran becoming a drought prone country.

Iran has experienced several droughts in recent years, especially in the south where it gets hit by violent sand storms that engulfed several cities.

Sand storms particularly enter Iran from neighbouring Iraq where desertification has increased over the last two decades due to wars.

“About 1,700 c/m of water should be availabe for use per one person in the country,” Parsa said. “If this figure falls to 1000 or even 500 c/m, the country will then experience the water crisis.”

In 1955 some arabic countries have experienced drought, including Kuwait and Bahrain, while in 1990 eleven more countries among which Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Libya, and Egypt have become drought prone, Parsa noted.

He added that according to predictions, if the situation with water in Iran does not change, then by 2020-2025 Iran will become drought prone. The only way, as Parsa sees it, is to better control and manage country’s water resources.

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