Iran’s dry days over, 30% of dams overflowing

Business Materials 2 May 2016 20:49

Tehran, Iran, May 2

By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

30 percent of dams in Iran have overflowed and 28 percent more are just about to do so, holding over 90 percent of their capacities water, CEO of the country's Water Resources Management Co. Mohammad Haj Rasuliha said.

Sepidroud, Ilam, Kamal Saleh, Ekbatan, Qeshlaq, and Dez are the most notable dams that have already overflowed, he told IRIB news agency May 2.

The official said this amount of water not only fulfills the domestic need, but enables more flow of water to be released into farms.

"Since April 12 eight billion cubic meters of water has poured into dams. Half of that amount has been stored and the other half released."

Usually 167 dams are mentioned in statistical reports across Iran. Their total capacity is 49.5 billion cubic meters.

Until last year Iran was suffering a years-long general drought with much damage to agriculture, wildlife, and environment. This year, however, precipitation improved by degrees.