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One million of palm trees are facing the destruction as a result of drought in Falahiya (Shadegan) in South Ahwaz.

According to the head of Khuzestan MPs in the Iranian Islamic Parliament and Shadegan representative, one million palm trees in the area are in danger of devastation due to drought and lack of irrigation. The 
Shadegan region includes three cities, three districts and 230 villages in the south of Khuzestan.

Borwal News Agency reported that Hojat Al-Islam Naseri Nejad, representative of Shadegan in the parliament, stated: "Unfortunately drainage of northern lands toward Karoon River led the groves of palm trees facing the danger of destroying."

He remarked that Falahiya is suffering from water scarcity for drinking water and agriculture, and some rural regions have not received sufficient drinking water for around two and three months.
MP of Shadegan demanded that an auxiliary channel is built to transfer water from Karoon River to Jarrahi River. In addition to the three million palm trees facing devastation, agriculture, ranching, aquaculture and fishery are valuable natural resources for the city that need immediate attention.


Naseri Nejad pointed out, "The wetlands of Shadegan are pivotal for the development, requiring investment for its effects on health, employment, environment and tourism."

Naseri Nejad, a member of the Energy Committee of the Parliament, mentioned that oil companies' activities in the city and said that the companies must hire native workers to reduce the rate of unemployment among the people of Shadegan. He revealed that the rate of unemployment had reached 42 percent. He also mentioned how people's health is affected by the inappropriate wastewater system.