Over 80 of Iran's biggest dams have less than 40% of water remaining
Tehran, Iran, Jan.7
Eighty eight major dams in Iran, including Zayandeh-Rud, Shahid Rajai, Mulla Sadra, Dusti, Doruodzan, Esteghlal and Sistan and Baluchestan, all have less than 40 percent of stored water.
The decrease in water flow to the country's dams has left about 52 percent of the reservoirs of 178 large dams in the country, empty, Iran's Ministry of Energy said in a statement on Monday, Trend reports citing IRNA.
Water shortage problem in Iran remains at alarming levels, considering dryness of rivers, droughts.
The country's rainfall has risen to 107 mm from the beginning of the current water year (started in October, 2018), which has risen by about 39 percent over the average 50 years.
Despite good rainfall in the fall season in the west of the country, the uneven distribution of precipitation has caused that the provinces such as Sistan and Baluchestan, Yazd, Khorasan Razavi, Hormozgan, Fars, and even Ardebil experience less than normal rainfall.
Now 85 percent of the dams of Sarakhs, 77 percent of dams of Hamoon, 74 percent of damsof Markazi, 67 percent of dams in the area of Caspian Sea and 56 percent of dams of the area of Lake Urmia are empty.
Isfahan province is experiencing the worst condition of water resources among 32 provinces of the country, and now 89 percent of the capacity of the reservoirs of dams in this province is empty and the level of water in the main reservoir of Zayandeh-Rud has reached 11 percent.