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Water protests spread in Iran

Farmers in a second province in Iran protest the water crisis in their region.
Iranians gather during a protest to voice their anger after their province's lifeblood river dried up due to drought and diversion, in the central city of Isfahan, on Nov. 19, 2021.

Just days after thousands of Iranians took to the streets in Isfahan to protest water policies and the government's inability to address the water shortages, Iranians in an adjacent province took the streets over the same cause. For back-to-back days, hundreds of residents of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province gathered in the provincial capital Khahrekord to protest water scarcity.

According to hard-line Tasnim News Agency, nearly half of the million residents of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province struggle to obtain consistent potable water. According to provincial officials, nearly 200 villages in the province receive their potable water through tankers that are delivered to their areas. The region also struggles to supply water for agriculture, which employs most residents of the province. 

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