One of the officials in the ministry of energy said: the current year has been the least rainfall recorded over the past half century in Iran. Also the organization of forests and pastures has said that out of the 600 plains in the country, 355 of them are dry .
‘Rahim Meydani’ deputy affairs of water and sewage had warned about the rainfall reduces on 24th january,1396 also he added: this year the amount of water entry to the major dams in Iran ; was 30% less than the same period of time in the last year. According to his comments, this year’s rainfall is less than the early forecasts of the meteorological organization .
Furthermore in some catchment areas such as the Persian Gulf, the precipitation dropped by 67% and in some provinces which expect good rainfall, it has dropped between 40 and 75% .
As the Iran’s deputy of the ministry of energy said in his sunday speech: the rainfall situation was normal only in ‘Ardabil’ and ‘Golestan’ provinces.
At the same time; one of the officials of the forests, pastures and watershed management in iran has warned about the ” Destruction of water resources” and ” Increasing the water problems”.
According to Mr. ‘ Eskandari Shiri’ ,in a meeting on 24 january : the drop rate of groundwater is because of wasting too much water ( around 6 bilion cubic meters per year). And also he said this trend concerned many of experts in the field of water and soil .
These statements are told, only afew days after the warning of Tehran’s governor about the lack of drinking water in the capital. ‘Isa Farhadi’ made a statement on last thursday as same as one of the officials in the ministry of energy that told :the least amount of water has been recorded in Tehran over the past five decades .
Experts, analysts and some of government officials have warned about drought and water scarcity over the past years and also at the same time they released some reports how to providing the necessary budget with this crisis. For example on 9 march the TABNAK news agency reported that the current government is having trouble to provide much less .
Along with these, also there are criticisms about dedicate the funds to other issues. After that the details of the budget in 1397 published; some campains formed on social media that they were called “changing the budget for the benefit of people” also some of these campains want to decrease the funding of seminaries, audio and television and military institutions.
The drought and its consequences in Iran has been accompanied by the people protests. Last week the scientific american magazin in an analysis said that the consequences of the climate changes, droughts or inappropriate management are the most challenges that iran is facing with.
According to the publication, this crisis maybe is one of the reasons for the recent protests in iran and leading to further protests in the year ahead.