The Water Crisis in Iran Claims More Lives
Written by Hamideh Taati .

The Iranian regime’s severe mismanagement and a lack of adequate infrastructure in the water supply network have created a water crisis in Sistan and Baluchestan province.

In July, Abdolahad Rigi, the head of the Sistan and Baluchestan Rural Water and Sewage Company, said almost half of the province (2,868 villages) lacked water supply networks and that they needed 2,000 billion tomans to rectify this.

He explained that 1,261 villages use water tankers to supply their water, with each person only allowed to take 15 liters of water per day.

 


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International hygiene standards say that a person living in a warm and dry climate needs 70 to 80 liters of water a day, which means that villagers are forced to source additional water from natural sources such as ponds, marshes, and rivers.

As always, children are the main victims of the water crisis, and now we will look at some tragic examples.

Two teenage Baluchi girls, Sara (14) and Basmeh (16) Kalamati drowned in a Hootag, a ditch used to collect rainwater for daily use, where women usually go to do the dishes and wash clothes.

This was announced by Anvar Badpa, director of the Education Department of Dashtyari, who said: “The drowned were two students who had gone to the Hootag outside of school hours to help their families; unfortunately, they fell into the Hootag and lost their lives… Many students have so far lost their lives while getting water from the Hootag.”

While Jamshid Sarani, governor of Dashtyari County of Chabahar, in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, said: “The water for 100% of the villages in this county is provided by tankers that bring 15 liters of water for each person.”

Back in July, 10-year-old Hawa Raisi, who lives in the Keshari region in Sistan and Baluchestan, lost her hand after being attacked by a marsh crocodile while fetching water. Later that month, Zakaria Charkh, eight, was also attacked by a crocodile in a Chabahar village while fetching water from a nearby marsh and was taken to the hospital due to injuries to his leg.

 


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While in 2018, at least three girls (aged 8, 11 and 14) and a 25-year-old woman drowned in a waterhole in the village of Zirdan, central Nik Shahr, located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province. The 8-year-old slipped as she was trying to drink water and the others jumped in to save her.

Nearly 20 children have died in similar incidents in the past few years, but national and regional authorities have taken no effective action to improve conditions.