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The Drying Up of Lake Urmia Will Destroy Millions of Lives and Hectares of Land


The Iranian regime’s management of political, social, economic, and environmental affairs should be compared to a prison that has captured the Iranian people, through the regime’s incompetence, thievery, embezzlement, looting, and rent-seeking. The avarice of the regime’s officials has destroyed the country and is the main root of all the country’s crises.

Analyzing the various crises, it is impossible to overlook the involvement of the regime’s officials.

This avarice has been interpreted by the regime’s media as, ‘Mismanagement’, ‘instrumental use of the ministry and government’, and ‘scientific and expertise incompetence‘.

There are no signs left of the concept of life, dignity in society, and blooming nature. One of the victims, which has created a dangerous environmental crisis, is the drying up of the historical lake of Urmia, once the world’s biggest salt lake.

While investigating the reason behind why 95 percent of this lake has dried up, we discover the warnings from environmental experts years ago, warnings that were all ignored by the regime. They have routinely warned about the dangers to the lives of millions of people and the destruction of millions of hectares of cultivated land. Salt storms caused by the drying up of Lake Urmia will displace 6 million people.

The state-run news agency ISNA, on July 25 wrote: “If the drying process of Lake Urmia continues, its problems will not be the only problem of Urmia. After drying up, due to the presence of 8 billion tons of salt in the lake, with seasonal winds, all the lands of West Azerbaijan province and 5 neighboring provinces turn into salt marshes.”

Then ISNA, discussed one of the reasons for this environmental crisis, writing, “In the 90s when Iran was busy with construction projects, the main cause of the drying up of the lake was realized. It means building a bridge in the middle of the lake. With the construction of this bridge, the circulation of salt and fresh water between the river was interrupted.”

Other factors reported by many other of the regime’s outlets and state TV are as follows:

  • Countless dam constructions along the rivers flow into Lake Urmia. About 44 dams have been built during the last three decades, which has reduced the amount of water entering the lake.
  • The drilling of about 48,000 unauthorized wells around Lake Urmia has caused a reduction in the underground water level in this area.
  • The unprofessional construction of a road through Lake Urmia has divided it into two parts and disturbed the process of the natural mixing of salt and fresh water in the lake.

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