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News ID: 3399
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 17:21 - 04 February 2014
Tehran, YJC. Local and international entities have warned Iran and Afghanistan against the catastrophic drought at Hamoun Lake.

The Director General of Sistan Environment Organization says that a soft earthquake is running in Sistan.

"The drought in Hamoun and its aftermaths which has destroyed the floral and faunal habitats has now targeted human communities,” said Khosro Afsari in interview with Mehr.

He maintained "Sistan’s current state has nothing short of an earthquake or a human catastrophe. It is a pity that international organizations and even the neighbor country are so careless about it.”

The official added that beside threatening the life of living species, the drought has brought respiratory diseases such as treatment-resistant tuberculosis.

Afsari said "Unfortunately Afghanistan is overlooking such a catastrophe that is threatening humans as well as the ecology. Also, as it is not a member of the Ramsar Convention or international waters it does not recognize international regulations or even Iran’s share of the water.”

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the I.R. of Iran Gary Lewis who had visited the area in January had said "What I saw from the Hamoun wetland and the state people live in are much more severe than a threat to human security which is taking place due to water shortage in Sistan.”

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