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Villagers leaving home due to drought in Iran

April 25, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A severe drought in Iran 's arid Sistan-Baluchestan province is forcing villagers to leave their homes, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Tuesday.

It quoted Adib Darvishi, governor of the city of Nikshahr in the eastern province, as saying that 157 families from nine villages have either already left or are in the process of doing so.

"The meager rainfall that has resulted in the current critical situation has brought most of the cattle to the brink of perishing," IRNA quoted Darvishi as saying.

The agency said that authorities believe that 17 of the nation's 28 provinces will be affected by drought this year.

Mohammad Hassan Razavi, head of water affairs in the city of Qom in Iran's northern Markazi province, described this year's drought as "a national disaster," IRNA reported.


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