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Water shortage reaches alarming level in 12 Iranian cities
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TEHRAN - Water shortages have reached an alarming level in 12 Iranian cities, according to Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Sattar Mahmoudi.
 
The Energy Ministry has been in a state of alert since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar month (April 21) to deal with the problem, the Fars News Agency quoted Mahmoudi as saying on Monday.
 
The twelve cities of Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kerman, Hamedan, Bandar Abbas, Arak, Qazvin, Qom, Karaj, and Yazd are all experiencing a critical water shortage situation, he added.
 
In addition, 517 other cities are facing water shortages, though to a lesser extent, he noted.
 
On April 27, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian warned the country was facing a serious water shortage crisis.
 
The Mehr News Agency quoted Chitchian as saying that a committee had been set up and some decisions had been made for resolving the crisis.
 
In December 2013, Chitchian said “old methods” like building dams would not extricate the country from the crisis and “water management” should be the main focus.
 
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Last Updated on 19 May 2014 17:51