The Iranian regime’s decades of mismanagement has aggravated the water crisis in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
A Sistan and Baluchestan village water official said today that close to half of the villages in the impoverished southeastern province lacked water supply networks.
Abdolahad Rigi, the head of the Sistan and Baluchestan Rural Water and Sewage Company told the ILNA state-run News Agency that from the 5,594 villages in the province, 2,868 villages did not have water supply networks.
The official said that the province needed 2,000 billion tomans to fund the water supply network project for the villages that lacked water networks.
Rigi said that 1,261 villages in the province used water tankers to supply their needed water.
Each person is allowed around 15 liters of water from the tankers. This is while according to international hygiene standards, a person living in a warm and dry climate needs 70 to 80 liters of water a day. As a result, the villagers are forced to provide their water needs from natural sources such as ponds, marshes and rivers.
Despite a relatively fair amount of rain this spring in Sistan and Baluchestan province, the water crisis continues to claim victims due to the lack of infrastructure and mismanagement in the water supply network.
Children are most prone to the dangers of the Sistan and Baluchestan water crisis.
In mid-July, a 10 year old girl in the Keshari region lost her hand after she was attacked by a marsh crocodile while fetching water. She was identified as Hawa Raisi.
On July 25, 8 year old Zakaria Charkh was attacked by a crocodile in a village in Chabahar while fetching water from a nearby marsh. He sustained injuries in the leg and was taken to the hospital.
In the past few years, close to 20 children have died in such incidents.
On the other hand, using shared water resources with animals has led to the spread of infectious diseases among villagers in the area.
Although the detrimental effects of the water crisis have been an integral part of the daily lives of the people of Sistan and Baluchistan for decades, no effective action has been taken by national and regional authorities to control or improve conditions.
The UN’s Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) “entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic uses.”