A report shows that flash floods that swept through various parts of Iran in recent days significantly raised the inflows of water into dams at a time the country was facing a major drought and potential water shortages in crowded urban areas.
A major dam came on line on northwestern Iran as part of government’s efforts to revive Lake Urmia, an endangered UNESCO biosphere reserve where water level has increased in recent years to prevent an environmental catastrophe in one of Iran’s most populous and economically vibrant regions.
Iran will open 10 new dams with a combined capacity of nearly a quarter of a billion cubic meters of water until March 2020, amid increased precipitation this year that has prompted plans for more dam projects across the country.
Chinese environmentalists are advocating a dam to prevent the desertification in the frozen soil area in Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve in Qinghai province, an isolated region in the northwestern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and an UNESCO World Heritage, China Daily reported on Monday.
An Iranian firm will provide engineering consultancy services for the construction of a major dam on the Rufiji River in Tanzania, where the $3 billion project is expected to create the largest reservoir in East Africa and double the electricity supply of the country.
Iran has expedited the commissioning of Khodafarin hydroelectric power plant and has almost completed the construction of Khodafarin Dam over the Aras River on the border with Azerbaijan in the last two months, Mahmoud Vaezi, Iran's minister of communications and information technology told Trend News Agency.