Commenting on the recent public protests sparked in Khuzestan due to the shortage of drinking water and the hard living conditions, President Rouhani said, "Tolerating water shortages and heat above 50 degrees [Celsius] is very hard and exhausting, and people have right to protest the current situation."
The president made the remarks during a phone call on Thursday with Governor-General of Khuzestan Province Qassem Soleimani Dashtaki who briefed the chief executive on the latest developments in the region.
Stressing that the present situation in the southwestern Province of Khuzestan was completely unintentional, President Rouhani said: "The good, patient and resilient people of the province should not doubt that the government listens to their rightful voice of protest and does all within its reach to quickly solve the problem."
He instructed the governor-general of Khuzestan to use all the necessary facilities in the province and in the neighboring provinces and act quickly to solve the problems with the coordination and cooperation of all related agencies.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged officials to address the problems of Khuzestan province.
“Authorities are obligated to solve problems in Khuzestan. Anyone who cares about people, cannot remain indifferent to the difficulties facing Khuzestan. This is the definite task and permanent and immediate duty of all governments to care about people,” the Leader said in a post on his Instagram.
On Thursday a report appeared on the outlet of Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency saying that Increasing use of flood irrigation methods in rice fields in Khuzestan have caused the major water crisis in the region.