According to Iran’s Meteorology Department, four provinces in Western and Central Iran have been facing severe drought for the past six months.
The Mehr News Agency quotes the head of the Drought and Crisis Management branch of the Meteorology Department on Thursday March 19, saying severe drought has strained water resources in the provinces of Tehran, Fars, Semnan and Lorestan. The report adds that many other provinces are also facing anywhere from slight to medium drought conditions.
Climatologists have proposed that Iran is currently in the third stage of drought, which is the stage where underground waters begin to disappear. This is accompanied by widespread migration from the countryside to cities, triggering certain social and economic problems.
Researchers maintain that climate indicators reveal Iran will continue to face a rising temperature and a decline in precipitation for many decades to come.