NCRI - Director of the Drought and Crisis Management Center of the Iranian regime’s Meteorological Organization has provided a worrying statistical analysis of the drought situation in Iran. According to him, 94% of Iran's surface area is affected by the meteorological drought, which is the first stage of the drought.In an interview with state-run ISNA news agency on August 9, 2017,

Shahrokh Fateh presented a worrying statistic and warned: “Long-term meteorological droughts in the provinces of Khuzestan, Qom and North Khorasan are in a dire and deteriorating situation.”

Droughts persist in vast areas of Iran, and all parts of Iran are in some way faced with mild to very severe long-term droughts.

According to him, large parts of southwestern and western provinces such as Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kermanshah, Bushehr, Zanjan, West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Ardebil and parts of central provinces like Isfahan, Markazi, Yazd, and southeast provinces such as Kerman, Sistan Balochistan, South Khorasan, and northern provinces such as Khorasan Razavi, North Khorasan, Semnan, Tehran, Alborz, Gilan and Golestan are facing long-term droughts.

According to state-run Tasnim news agency, “The water situation is so sensitive that it has been raised by the (regime’s) Supreme National Security Council,” Water Deputy of the Energy Ministry, Rahim Meydani, told the Fars Province Water Conservation Council on Thursday, 6 July 2017.

He stressed that water supply for agriculture and drinking in the future would be “very challenging” with the continued “inappropriate condition” of water management and damage to surface water and underground water resources.

Government media quoting Hamid Chitchian, the regime's Energy Minister, reported on 5 August 2017: “Water issues in all parts of the country have become acute and there is no region in the country that does not have water concern.”

Taghi Kabiri, a member of Iranian regime’s parliament, also showed the regime's fears of the people's dissatisfaction becoming social protests and crises, and said: “If today the problem with water scarcity is not addressed, it will lead to serious social crises.”

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