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Smile of Rain at Thirsty Acacias in Western Hormozgan Province
Smile of Rain at Thirsty Acacias in Western Hormozgan Province

Skies at last smiled and the parched lands of western Hourmozgan received plenty of rainfall. Half-dried acacia trees once again resumed their growth and their green leaves are now shining in the cool winter breeze. Sound of life is heard all over the land and all living beings are enjoying the plenty that the rains have brought. All natural and man-made water reservoirs are filled with water. Dikes, and even pits created by sand mining have become overflown with flood water.

Last summer, extreme drought had caused much hardship for the wildlife in the area as many natural springs and water holes had dried up. Thirsty animals had to seek any water sources anywhere. There were many reports of wildlife casualties due to dehydration or drowning in natural water holes or man-made traditional water reservoirs that collect rain water. Thirsty animals that had entered the pools could not safely get out because of low water levels and deep and slippery walls. This extreme condition prompted us in the PWHF to initiate a campaign to save the thirsty wildlife and with the help of local volunteers we began repairing existing water sources and installing water tanks and watering troughs to provide drinking water for all wildlife and especially for the rare herds of Larestan sheep that live in the area.

Rainfalls in this area occurred in several intervals of few days which in total exceeded 140 millimeters, with an increase of nearly 100 millimeters compared to the previous year which  have immensely improved water conditions for now. Yet, without continuing our efforts in repairing and managing existing water sources in the area and installing new water tanks and watering troughs in locations safe for the wildlife, the drought will once again strike and claim more fatalities among the existing wildlife. And we are determined to continue our work with the help of good local people of Hormozgan.