December 2, 2021

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Tehran is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years

The five dams that supply the capital with less than a third of the water.

The Iranian capital, Tehran, is experiencing the worst drought in half a century. According to a representative from the local water company, the total monthly rainfall is 97 percent lower than last year, AFP reported on Tuesday.

Mohammad Shahriari, deputy director of the local water company, said rainfall has reached only 0.4 mm in 9 million in Tehran since September 23, up from 14.3 mm in the same period last year. “Ground and surface water levels are critical, and there has been no similar drought in the past 50 years,” he said.

The five dams that supply the capital with less than a third of the water. There are only 477 million cubic meters in these dams that are capable of holding up to two billion cubic meters of water. Last September, there were 729 million cubic meters of water.

This year’s water consumption in agriculture increased by 14 percent compared to last year, and in the industrial sector by eight percent.

At the same time, power production at hydropower plants has fallen by 40 percent in the past six months, Shahryari said.

In July, mass protests against water shortages erupted in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan. It also killed several people.

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