(Persia Digest) – Unprecedented rainfall in April and May have temporarily reduced the water crisis in Iranian cities.

According to the Deputy Minister of Energy, some 334 Iranian cities with a population of almost 35 million were threatened by a water crisis last summer while this figure is now zero at the start of summer this year.

Ghasem Taghizadeh-Khamesi added: “Given the unprecedented rainfalls in the current water year, there are no Iranian cities facing a water crisis presently and we hope that this will continue in the summer.”

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The Deputy Minister of Energy also commented on water shortages in rural areas by saying: “The problem in villages is not water shortage but the water supply system. Various projects are underway across the country to increase water supply to villages and increase the number of villages with proper access to drinking water.”

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Persia Digest (PD) reports that although record rainfalls in the last two past months have solved the water crisis issue to some extent, they have also resulted in severe floods in some of the provinces inflicting massive damages and loss of life; many people in the flood-stricken areas are still facing serious problems after the disaster.

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