June 24, 2008

Two Hundred Villages Affected By Drought in Iran’s Ardabil Province

Excerpt from report by Iranian conservative, privately-owned Fars News Agency website

The managing director of the rural water and sewage company of Ardabil Province has said: Currently, due to the drought and low rainfall, 200 villages of Ardabil Province are faced with a shortage of water.

In an interview with a Fars news agency reporter in Ardabil, Alireza Nemat Soltani added: Of course, measures have been taken to minimize the damage caused by this problem, but people must be thrifty in order to help overcome the problem.

Pointing out that the first week of Tir [21-28 June] has been declared a week of economical use of water, he said: The volume of rainfall in the province has fallen by 50 per cent in the past two months compared to the previous years, and this has affected many parts of the country, including our province.

Nemat Soltani noted the need to collect 1,400 litres of water in the province and said: This capacity reached 7,000 litres in the past few years [as published].

Nemat Soltani said that the drought has affected 120 cities and 6,000 villages in the country and added: Provincial villagers and nomads should prevent the likeliness of water cuts by ensuring necessary thriftiness at home, in agriculture and in cattle- breeding.

He said that being economical does not mean little consumption, it means correct use. He added: Fuel, energy, electricity, water and petrol are part of God's gift to mankind and it is necessary to be thankful for this gift by making correct and optimal use of it.

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Originally published by Fars News Agency website, Tehran, in Persian 0740 21 Jun 08.

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