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As lakes become deserts, drought is Iran's new problem

Iranian boys sit on the roof of a mud-house in the village of Adimi situated in the once exceptional wetlands of Lake Hamoon, now sand-baked earthNazar Sarani’s village in southeast Iran was once an island. Climate change, with less rainfall each year, is blamed, but so too is human error and government mismanagement. Iran’s reservoirs are only 40 percent full according to official figures, and nine cities including the capital Tehran are threatened with water restrictions after dry winters. The situation is more critical in Sistan-Baluchistan, the most dangerous area in Iran, where a Sunni minority is centred in towns and villages that border Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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