Angry Farmers In Isfahan Sabotage Water Supply To Neighboring Yazd
Meanwhile, videos circulated on social media show police and security forces attacking farmers allegedly responsible for the disruption.
Three small reservoirs in the village of Qarneh, east of Isfahan, have been destroyed and transferring water to Yazd disrupted, IRNA cited Yazd Water Company’s PR director, Alireza Karbalaei Akrami as saying.
Furthermore, videos on social media also show that clashes between security forces and enraged farmers were still going on later on Sunday.
Transferring water from Isfahan to its arid neighboring province, Yazd, was vandalized and disrupted by unknown attackers on Friday November 16, but the facilities were repaired, and the operation went back to normal on Saturday, November 17.
Eastern parts of Isfahan province, with a population of 300,000 who are mainly farmers, has been hit by a severe water scarcity since the project for transferring water to Yazd has become operational.
The person addressing the crowd tells security forces to defend the rights of the farmers.
Responding to the protests, the government has promised to tackle the farmers’ demands, immediately after the project for Third Koohrang Tunnel becomes operational.
Furthermore, other water transfer projects across the country have led to enraged protest rallies, including in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan.
In the meantime, the Islamic Republic’s minister of Interior, Abdor-Reza Rahmani Fazli has warned that Iran’s profile will be totally changed in five years if the current drought continued.
Echoing Rahmani Fazli’s comments, the minister of Energy, Reza Ardakanian has also admitted that Iran is struggling with the "monster" of water shortage.