Iran’s Water Crisis and Regime’s Proxy Wars
By Mohammad Sadat Khansari
Despite the 70% drop in Rial’s value, Iran’s regime continues with its billion-dollar spending on proxy wars within Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Approximately 97% of Iran is currently undergoing the worst drought of the past half a century.
The ongoing water shortage has taken its toll on Iran’s water and electricity, which along with the massive wave of unemployment and protests, proves just how incapable the regime really is in fulfilling people’s most basic needs.
Since the 1979 revolution, numerous cases of mismanaged government projects have been undertaken (all of which were aimed to maximise the profits for government officials and not ordinary people), which have consequently destroyed the rich land of Iran.
More than 600 water dams have been built since, with subsequent changes of water routes and annihilation of farmers’ vital resources.
The detrimental impacts of regime’s economic projects on Iran’s environment
With the ongoing increase in Iran’s population, the regime has requested more food from the farmers. For which, farmers have been allowed to dig with no limits or concerns for conservation.
After nearly 2 decades, the Urmia lake (which happens to be the largest lake in the middle east) is now 5% what it formerly was. Zayanderud (which used to be Iran’s central water route) is now almost completely dry. These changes, have brought about significant consequences such as land annihilations and water shortages just to name a few. Due to these circumstances, millions of farmers have been forced out of their own lands to live in other cities now.
The Deputy Chief of Iran’s Department of Environment, Masoud Tajrishi, admits that: “Tabriz wouldn’t even exist if Urmia lake completely dries out. This is not to scare people, it’s just plain truth”.
A government representative from Zahedan also adds: “1.5 million Iranians are currently facing water shortage in the province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Over the recent years, more than 300 villages here have experienced drought”.
Drought, water shortage, sand storm, and unemployment are amongst some of the main reasons behind the villagers’ immigration in past years. Drought in particular, has certainly had its impact on the distribution of population across various regions, including Iran’s east provinces.
The remaining residents are the ones who lack the financial means to emigrate elsewhere.
In Tehran and other cities alike, people struggle with many issues including water shortage; the severity of which can easily be witnessed across the country. Despite all of this, the regime continues with its building of dams and changing of water routes, aimed mainly to benefit the Revolutionary Guards and other affiliations. The regime seems to have chosen its oppressive goals over people’s lives.
The Vice Chairman of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce has brought to attention some of the regime’s damaging politics around economy: “Big cities like Hamburg, San Francisco, and New York, are all adjacent to free waters. In our country, the ports (90% of which are based between Abadan and Chabahar) are very deprived areas. The ongoing construction of factories within the central regions of Iran is only further destroying our environment and adding to our water shortage crisis”.
The main source of Iran’s income comes from oil exports, majority of which is continuously spent on promotion of terrorism within neighbouring countries. The regime has stolen billions of dollars from the National Wealth, to spend on weapon supply and financial support of paramilitaries and terrorist groups in the region; which is on top of the ongoing astronomical plunders of government officials, all of which are the very origin of Iran’s unprecedented poverty and unemployment now.