Photos: Lake Orumieh Grappling with Death

These days Lake Orumieh is in dire conditions. The lake’s water has continued to drop with visible signs of dryness across the lake. Experts have long warned that natural factors, coupled with human activity, would cause Lake Orumieh to dry up in the near future if nothing is done. Several gatherings at different levels, including provincial and national, have been held so far to save the lake. However, so far nothing serious has been been done to put the drawn up plans into action.

 Construction of many dams on waterways feeding the lake, and the recent drought has significantly decreased the annual amount of water Orumieh receives. This in turn has increased the salinity of Orumiyeh’s water, causing the lake to lose its significance as home to thousands of migratory birds, such as flamingoes.

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