In the latest news about Iran’s water crisis, fields in Shariyar and Qazvin have reportedly dried out and become a source of dust storms in the region.

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The Shahrvand daily reports that the two fields are now a source of dust particles and that the slightest wind can bring dust storms to the capital, Tehran.

The deputy head of Forests, Rangelands and Water Resources also reports that the fields in Shariyar and Qazvin have now completely dried out and become a source of dust storms affecting Tehran and Karaj.

The latest reports indicate that of 609 fields in the country, 298 have a negative balance of underground water resources. In addition, with average precipitation of 250 mm per year, Iran has the lowest rainfall in Asia.

The decline in rainfall coupled with the overexploitation of underground waters has caused serious water shortages across the country.