Protesters in the city of Shahrekord in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province on August 16, 2022

Protesters in the city of Shahrekord in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province on August 16, 2022

People Hold Massive Protest Over Lack Of Water In Southwestern Iran

Tuesday, 08/16/2022

A large group of people in the city of Shahrekord in southwest Iran held a protest rally on Tuesday after nine days with no piped water.

The demonstrators gathered in front of the governor’s office of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province amid a large presence of security forces and chanted slogans against the authorities, such as “Death to President Raisi” and “Down with the governor”.

According to Ahmad Rastineh, the city’s representative in the parliament, the problem stemmed from the recent flash floods in the region and the lack of any water treatment plant for the province.

In addition to the provincial capital Shahrekord, water is cut in four other cities due to the recent floods and increased water turbidity.

In April, a group residents had held another protest rally against a project to transfer water out of the province, causing scarcity in their region. Protesters carried placards and chanted slogans threatening to take up arms against the ‘mafia’ behind the redistribution project.

Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, a traditionally water-rich region in the Zagros mountains, has seen its water resources decline due to both drought and projects to irrigate other arid regions.

In recent years, many cities across the country were scenes of massive protests against the authorities’ mismanagement of water resources or harmful dam building and politically motivated diversion of rivers that have devastated agriculture and drinking water sources.

Iran has been suffering from drought for at least a decade and this year officials have been warning of a further decrease in precipitation.

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