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Soft Rain, Summer Heat Strain Urmia Recovery

Springtime rains have not improved the status of Urmia Lake and summertime heat is expected to cause it to shrink further
The lake spreads across 2,300 square kilometers at present and contains two billion cubic meters of water.The lake spreads across 2,300 square kilometers at present and contains two billion cubic meters of water.
Since 2014, Urmia's condition has neither improved nor worsened, but has stayed the same

The recent springtime precipitation does not have a significant effect on the conditions of Urmia Lake as it has not created a flowage, an official with the Urmia Lake Restoration Project said.
As the predictions of Iran's Meteorological Organization about rainfalls over the past two weeks came true, hopes grew that dam reservoirs, wetlands and rivers will be replenished. 
However, Masoud Tajrishi, director for planning at ULRP, explained that although the rainfall is generally a good thing, to expect them to revive Urmia is unrealistic as spring rains contain little water despite their long durations. 
"This lake and Iran's wetlands in general are not filled up with gentle rains but with floodwater," he said, Zist Online reported. 
According to him, only rains that fall constantly for days and finally result in floods that flow toward the catchment area can be promising for wetlands. 
 

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