Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:27AM
Anzali Lagoon
Anzali Lagoon
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The drought in south East Asia has taken its toll on Iranian wetlands and lagoons. Apart from environmental reasons, the human factor is to a large extent to blame for the depletion of water resources in Iran.

Experts say inefficient irrigation techniques, reckless consumption by households and the construction, in some cases unnecessary, of hundreds of hydroelectric dams over the past decades are to blame for bringing about the current situation.

Iran is located on the dry belt of the earth and has long been grappling with water scarcity; the people in Iran have gotten used to the problem.

Still, the government is calling on them to cut down on consumption. An increase in the population and the years’ long dry spell have raised the specter of a severe water crisis in the country.