Drought affects 76 percent of Iran

Oil&Gas Materials 4 July 2011 13:39 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 4 / Trend/

A drought has spread throughout the country, particularly in the central regions, increasing at a rate of 76 percent and creating serious disasters, ILNA reported quoting Head of Drought Management Center of Isfahan (province) Center for Research of Agricultural Science and Natural Morteza Khodagholi as saying.

"Research between May 22 to June 21 indicates that Iran endured an unstable condition since the last solar year (ended on March 20, 2011)," he said.

Research shows a drop in the level of rainfall across the country during the last solar year and the increase in the drought throughout the central regions, affecting 76 percent of Iran.

If the situation continues, in the summer the drought will have irreversible effects on the whole country, he added.

Around 13.7 percent of Iran is experiencing extreme drought in the south-west, 19.6 percent is experiencing moderate drought, while 22.1 percent of Iran has low levels of drought, mainly in the western regions. Lack of rainfall caused the drought to expand in the south and southeastern parts of the country.