News ID: 252652
Published: 1001 GMT May 11, 2019

Lake Urmia revival continues

Lake Urmia revival continues

The revival of Iran’s Lake Urmia is continuing as the level of water has increased to five billion cubic meters because of sustained heavy rains in the past two months.

The head of the committee for restoration of the lake Khalil Saei told reporters that due to recent rainfalls, the water balance in Lake Urmia on May 11 reached 1,271 meters, showing a 1.05 centimeter increase compared to last year’s, IRNA reported.

The surface area of the lake has expanded to 3,180 square kilometers. Only in the past one month, the lake has expanded its surface area by more than 200 square kilometers, Saei said.

Lake Urmia, a salt lake, which once had a surface area of 5,000 square kilometers (almost 2,000 square miles) shrank to just 700 square kilometers in 2013. The reasons were both mismanagement by local and central governments and also a prolonged drought.

Situated in the mountains of northwest Iran, Lake Urmia is fed by 13 rivers and designated as a site of international importance under the UN Convention on Wetlands that was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971.

The volume of water at the lake in 1997 measured at 30 billion cubic meters which dramatically decreased to 2.5 billion cubic meters in 2017.

The Iranian government put the revival of Lake Urmia on its agenda in 2013 and with the help of the United Nations and Japan began to revive the lake.






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