Iran: Protest Erupts As Severe Water Crisis Hits South-West Region

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

17th Jul, 2021. 10:15 am
Iran: Protest Erupts As Severe Water Crisis Hits South-West Region

Severe water shortages in Iran’s oil-rich southwest have sparked protests. Iran is currently facing the worst drought.

Protests erupted in Iran, as water shortages hit oil-rich southwestern regions.

Videos released on Iranian and social media show angry protesters burning tires on the roads and blocking roads. The authenticity of the videos could not be confirmed, according to the international news agency Reuters.

It is reported that when the protests escalated, the security forces also tried to disperse the protesters in some places. Meanwhile, some people also heard gunshots.

In a report aired on a regional news website (South Asr), a local man could be seen saying that the news should be broadcast on state television. He also showed pictures of dead buffaloes and said they had died due to lack of water.

In May this year, the energy minister warned that there would be a shortage of water this summer. He also said that Iran was facing severe drought for the first time in 50 years.

Last week, water shortages in Iran also affected the power supply in several parts of the country. In the scorching heat, people without water and electricity took to the streets to protest, chanting slogans against Ayatollah Khamenei.

Reuters news agency quoted local sources as saying that some people, exhausted by the heat, also chanted slogans against Khamenei.

In recent weeks, thousands of people in Iran’s key energy sector have called for wage increases and improved working conditions.

Iran’s economy has been hit hard by US sanctions and the Corona epidemic. Iran is the hardest hit in the Middle East by COVID-19. Inflation in Iran has risen by 50% while the unemployment rate is also the highest.

In these circumstances, many workers are also claiming that their wages are not being paid. Meanwhile, retired citizens who have been employed and retired for the past few months have been protesting against the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

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