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The Middle East is running out of water, and parts of it are becoming uninhabitable
The ferries that once shuttled tourists to and from the little islets in Iran’s Lake Urmia sit rusty, unable to move, on what is rapidly becoming a salt plain. Just two decades ago, Urmia was the Middle East’s biggest lake, its local economy a thriving tourist center of hotels and restaurants.
“People would come here for swimming and would use the mud for therapeutic purposes.