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Unprecedented drought pushes Iran's southeast to brink

A new, grim estimate says Iran's already underdeveloped Sistan-Baluchistan province will have to brace not only for a worsening water crisis but for ripple effects as well, including severe economic and social repercussions.
Iran drought

The director of the state-run Office for Meteorology in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province has painted one of the bleakest pictures ever for the impoverished area's water shortages.

According to Mohsen Heydari, all-time low precipitation over the past months is only complicating the consequences of a decade-long drought in the region. Heydari told Iran's Tasnim News Agency that over 95% of the entire province is now effectively engulfed by drought.

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