TEHRAN, Iran, Sept. 12, 2000 (Tehran Times) — Due to recent drought in Isfahan Province, the huge power plant of Zayandeh-Roud Dam stopped electricity production.

Manager of the Public Relations Department of Isfahan Province’s Regional Water and Sewage Organization said on Sunday that since its establishment in August 1970 to September 2000, the power plant was continuously used for producing electricity.

Hossein Jabernia said that the average production of the power plant reached 280 million kWh per year.

He noted that the volume of Zayandeh-Roud Dam is more than one billion cubic meters, adding that at the time of the closure of the power plant, the volume reached 180 million cubic meters.

Jabernia underlined that the remaining water of the dam will be led to different regions located in the levels which are lower than the dam’s level.

The average amount of water which entered the dam during the past 29 years from the months of October to June reached 51 cubic meters per second.

This amount reduced to 33.3 within the same period in 1999.

Meanwhile, according to another report, due to the recent drought, Martyr Parsa Dam in Sarayan Region in Ferdos City was closed too.

District Governor of the region, Mahdi Abedi on Sunday told IRNA that no water has entered the dam during the past two years.

The closure of dam caused serious damages for farmers as well as the environment of the region.

Sarayan region is located 36 km east of Ferdos.

In the meantime another major dam in eastern Khorasan Province has dried up, the Khorasan daily reported Saturday.

The Shahed Parsa Dam, the largest dam in the province, which normally contains 11 million cubic meters dried up because of a “lack of rainfall during the past year,” the paper said, adding that “all its fish have died,” Reuters reported.

UN officials have appealed for emergency international aid for Iran to avert a humanitarian disaster arising from the drought.

Wildlife refuges have been destroyed, lakes and rivers have dried up, and countless hectares (acres) of pasture and farmland have been reduced to dust.

An estimated 800,000 head of livestock have already died and more than half of Iran’s population of 62 million is facing a shortage of drinking water.

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