As Ahwaz region is suffering seriously from long-term drought and extreme water scarcity, the occupying regime sacrificed the lives of 10 million of Ahwazi people by implementing its illegal project in transferring Karoon water to Isfahan Province in order to revive its seasonal Zayande Rud River at the expense of death of Karoon River.
Yes indeed life brought back to Zayande Rud over the death of Karoon River in Al- Ahwaz region. To revive the Zayande Rud River, the Iranian regime prevents Ahwazi Arabs from Karoon water.
On November 5, 2014 the local news agencies have reported that people in Isfahan who were gathered along Zayande Rud on Wednesday, have shared their celebration with government authorities as their demand for bringing water to Zayande Rud has been met by the central government, abandoning the Karoon River breaths its last .
This regime’s biased and shameful action of diverting water from the Ahwaz’s Karoon River to the Isfahan province has been carried out while the world health organization has repeatedly for the fourth times placed the Ahwaz region on the top of the most polluted region in the world.
Each year, thousands of Ahwazi lose their lives as a result of this crisis in return the regime by stealing the water from its main course and pumping it to central Persian regions has exacerbated the crisis deliberately in line with fulfilling its inhuman ethnic cleansing policies.
The Ahwazi activists believe that the policy of water diversion which is pursuing for years by the regime is conducted only based on political and security factors for deploying it as a devastating weapon against the Ahwazi Arab who are viewed as national threat by the Iranian occupying regime.
The local websites, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, have reported that inhaling high amounts of dangerous pollutants and gasses like sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) which existed in high levels in the new round of acid rain in Ahwaz capital, have caused one thousands Ahwazi Arab citizens to get sick and to be admitted to hospitals and emergency room visits.
The severity of fatal incidences such as premature death from heart and lung disorders, chronic asthma and bronchitis and surge in hospital admissions of Ahwazi Arab people with poison symptoms due to acid rain which contains dangerous emissions have been increased in Ahwaz region as a whole.
The environmental conditions have been exacerbated for the Ahwazi Arabs due to acute increase in the air and water pollution intensity when people cannot walk without putting on mask in the street. Last year, at the beginning of autumn, around 20,000 Ahwazi Arab citizens due to acid rain were admitted to the hospitals and the clinic centers as a result of respiratory disorders within one day but the phenomenon is not briefed here as water-borne diseases such as cholera and Infectious skin diseases broke out in the region causing the condition to get worse than ever.
The humanitarian situation of the Ahwazi Arab people due to air and water contamination is so serious, as discharging high proportions of saline effluents and wastewater from the sugar cane projects into the rivers has exacerbated the situation by causing high salinity into the water of rivers. This caused the Ahwaz water to be totally undrinkable and even could not be used for washing.
The drying up of the wetlands, under way water diversion projects mainly from Karoon and karkha Rivers, burning sugar cane fields, waste accumulation, high percentage of air humidity(95%) and massive industrial pollutions are the major contributors causing acid rain in the Ahwaz region.
Despite these vivid facts, the regime is still systematically investing enormous budget to transfer the water of the Ahwazi Rivers to the Persian regions to revive and prosper the agriculture there while the Ahwazi Arab farmers gave up on their arable lands due to severe sacristy of water for irrigating their lands.