Members of the Iranian parliament and various experts are warning that the recent electricity, water and communication blackout ink the southern province of Khuzestan is becoming a national threat.
On February 11, a number of power stations in this area failed. The result was that water and electricity in most major cities of the province were cut off. Originally, this massive blackout was blamed on heavy dust and humidity. While these things may have played a part, the bigger issue seems to be related to the lack of updates and overall lack of maintenance at the structural and facility levels.
An expert of the Ministry of Energy said in an interview that “mismanagement of water resources caused by ‘absolute imprudence’ in industrial and agricultural logistics in neighboring provinces, has led the plain of Khuzestan, the second fertile province of the country, to gradually turn into desert.”
Jalil Mokhtar, a member of the Iranian Parliament from the city of Abadan and Chairman of the Social Committee of the Parliament, said “that the critical situation in Khuzestan on the one hand is due to the issue of particulates and on the other hand is related to [a] lack of expert updates on structural and facility sections of war torn cities of this province.”
Abbas Papizadeh, MP from the city of Dezful, said, “Air and water pollution in the province has led to increased respiratory and skin diseases.” As a result, he noted that hospitals were being overwhelmed by the number of people, demonstrating their lack of capacity.
“The Khuzestan province for years has been struggling with the issue of particulates but this issue is now becoming a national threat,” said Papizadeh.
Another MP, Abdullah Sameri, said to the state-run ISNA, “For the [Minister of Energy] to come and go to Khuzestan, does not remedy any of [the] pains of the people…Coming to Khuzestan must yield results and the people of Khuzestan province must see the result.”
The people of Ahwaz have taken to the streets in protest of the air pollution and frequent cut-offs of water and power within the province. The Iranian regime has carried out an array of plans in Khuzistan Province, which have led to a disastrous environmental condition in the area, thus jeopardizing the health and economic well-being of its population.
The NCRI’s President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, called on the Iranian people to help decrease the pressure on the deprived people of the area, particularly the sick and vulnerable.
“The Iranian mullahs’ regime is the source of all the acute problems that have caused frequent water and power cut-offs and led to unemployment and various diseases,” said Rajavi. “One cannot expect the mullahs and the regime’s leaders and officials to provide any solutions. The solution lies in the people’s escalation of protests and uprising to drive back the regime and its officials who have created so many problems in their daily lives.”
Rajavi hailed the efforts of the people of Ahwaz and Khuzistan, while encouraging them to unite their ranks and continue to show solidarity in their protests and demonstrations.