Drought Causes Damages Worth $4.6b in Iran

Published May 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Drought has inflicted $4.6 billions in damages to the Iranian Hamedan province, Iran News Agency (IRNA) reported Monday. 

The agency quoted secretary of Hamedan's Natural Disaster Headquarters, Akbar Mortezaqoli as saying that the figures were based on the latest estimates, during the current Iranian year, which started on March 20th.  

"Since the province is mainly a rural region, agricultural and garden products were hit hardest," he was quoted as saying.  

The official stated that at present, water shortage is threatening 100,000 hectares under wheat cultivation, 60,000 hectares under hay plantation and 35,000 hectares of garden products.  

A large number of aqueducts and springs have also dried up because of drought and the low level of ground tables has caused many problems for villagers and nomads, IRNA said - Albawaba.com  

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