Iran’s Water Shortages Longing 40 Years
Iran’s water shortages longing 40 years out of government incompetence. The water crisis in Iran has led to many protests and demonstrations in recent months.
Isa Kalantari, the head of Iran’s Environment Department and Vice President of Water Affairs said in 2015 “the issue of water scarcity in Iran has been around from about 10 years ago”.
The Iranian regime has practically dried up all the rivers in Iran by exploiting 97% of Iran’s surface waters due to its incompetence.
“This means that if the current conditions continue, about 70% of Iranians, which means around 50 million people, will have to migrate from the country to survive”, Kalantari said.
“Our mismanagement caused the drying of wetlands and the wasting of surface and subsoil waters. I believe Iran is midway into a water crisis”, he added.
Based on these claims, we are witnessing that various cities, especially in southern regions are the first victims of this incompetence and lack of planning.
Although the regimes own experts have sounded the alarm in regards to a looming water crisis from years ago, no measures were taken and fresh water was even exported to Kuwait and Iraq.
Iraq’s terrorist Badr Corps recently published detailed information about how Iran was transferring the waters of Karun River (SW Iran) to Iraq, claiming 50-inch pipes were pumping 2,000 cubic meters of water per hour into Iraq 24/7.
Iraqi news agencies also reported that the Iranian regime was secretly exporting water from Iran’s southern regions to Basra. This forced Iran to cut the flow of water to Iraq after word got out due to extreme water shortages in Iran which have left many Iranians without water.
According to the spokesperson of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Mahjub, the Iranian regime recently cut off the water from 24 rivers which were led into Iraq without prior warning, effectively causing a water crisis in Iraq.
Of course in Iran, the water shortage does not only encompass southern cities or Isfahan Province and has spread to the whole country.
Lake Urmia, the largest lake in the Middle East, is on the verge of destruction. Urmia started drying out at around 2005 and is now in danger of completely drying out.
Isfahan’s Zayanderud River is another example of overexploiting nature.
There are many industries in Isfahan Province, including steel, iron ore, nuclear, military equipment and refineries, which consume large amounts of water. But most of Zayanderud is used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps mafia.
Many experts believe that, along with the prolongation of drought periods, the building of too many dams by the government, especially in the last three decades, has been the main cause of water scarcity and the destruction of many lakes and wetlands.
According to news sources linked to the so-called moderate factions in the government, in the past three decades, most dams were built by companies affiliated with the IRGC with the support and approval of the government.
Every blow dealt with Iran’s environment has come about in the past four decades. Before that time, many of the country’s environmental indicators, such as water, were in a good state, Iran’s environment official added.
Unfortunately, after 40 years of incompetence and exploitation, Iran lacks even one healthy lake and lagoon.