Aug 19, 2020, 11:40 AM
VIDEO: Lake Urmia in Summer

TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (MNA) – The total volume of water in Lake Urmia, West Azarbaijan Province, currently stands at 3.75 billion cubic meters and the lake is expanded over 2,903 square kilometers of land.

According to earlier reports, water volume reached 5.19 billion cubic in June 2020.

Despite its decrease in August, however, the water volume has increased considerably in the past two years, thanks to the heavy precipitations and water management projects.

About 10 years ago, Lake Urmia began its gradual death. Photos of the country's largest saltwater lake were going viral those days, worrying every Iranian. But the lake is now experiencing its best condition over the past decade, showing signs of its former glory.

Shared between West Azarbaijan and East Azarbaijan provinces in northwestern Iran, Lake Urmia, was once the largest salt-water lake in West Asia. It was home to many migratory and indigenous animals including flamingos, pelicans, egrets, and ducks, and attracted hundreds of tourists every year who had bathed in the water to take advantage of the therapeutic properties of the lake.

However, decades of long-standing drought spells and elevated hot summer temperatures that speed up evaporation as well as increased water demands in the agriculture sector shrank the lake drastically. In 1999 the volume of water which was at 30 billion cubic meters drastically decreased to half a billion cubic meters in 2013. Moreover, the lake surface area of 5,000 square kilometers in 1997 shrunk to one-tenth of that to 500 square kilometers in 2013.

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