Dancing in the Dust

Sistan and Baluchestan is the second largest province in Iran with an area of 180,726 km2 and a population of 2.8 million. This province is possible to experience several phenomena such as storm droughts, dust, rain, floods, and rough seas at the same time.

one of the areas that have been severely affected by the drying up of Lake Hamun. In terms of geographical scale, the distance between villages such as some in Zabol and Dashtiari is about 1000 km. Climate change, drought, reduced rainfall, government mismanagement, drying of rivers and wetlands, eyes and respiratory diseases, Unemployment and migration resulting from it, economic recession, and turning to fake jobs such as fuel and drug trafficking on a large scale, are among the most important problems issues which this area is facing.

More than 3,000 villages in the region with 347000 people are suffering from the lack of water system, and drinking water is provided by the residents, often with tankers that are not on time.

120-day winds are one of the climatic features of northern Sistan and Baluchestan, which begins every year from the end of May and continues until October. 120-day winds are the result of high-pressure western massifs. The maximum speed of the wind in July reaches more than 100 kilometers per hour.

But how about the consequences of floods in this area? About 30 killed and lost of huge money is caused by the floods of Sistan and Baluchestan in the last 12 years. On average, there has been a terrible flood in this province every year and a half.

The number of killed people in the year 2007-(6), 2010-(6),2012-(3), 2015-(2), 2017-(7), 2020-(3).

Climate change in Sistan and Baluchestan, which has struggled with severe drought, has seen a growth of more than 2,000 percent. The uncontrolled extraction of water from deep wells in these areas has caused the aquifers to be destroyed and torrential rains to find no place to store on the ground and flow the on the ground.