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Drought triggers protests in Iran

Climate change, drought and decades of mismanagement have led to serious water shortages in Iran, leading to protests in a number of cities.
Fun boats lie on the bank of the dried-up Zayanderood River in Isfahan, 450 km (281 miles) south of Tehran, June 27, 2008. The river dried up due to low rainfall and the water being re-channelled for hydroelectricity purposes. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN) - RTX7EUD
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The water crisis in Iran, where several important rivers and lakes have dried up, has become so serious that in certain areas of the country, citizens have been demonstrating and protesting to express their concern.

From the early hours of the morning on Aug. 30, thousands of residents of Esfahan and the smaller cities and villages nearby demonstrated near Zayanderood River, holding placards, protesting the drying up of Zayanderood and officials not paying proper attention to this issue.

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