According to Amin Baqeri, the governor of Rigan, Iran's southeastern province of Kerman, 16 villages in Rigan were buried in sand and became completely deserted amid consistent sandstorms.
"Massive sand influx and consistent sandstorms have led to the complete disappearance of the villages under piles of sand. Agriculture and livestock are totally ruined in this area, and it suffered a loss of nearly $9 million USD (320 billion rials)," Baqeri added.
"80 other villages are also endangered and might become subjected to be deserted too," he warned.
Featured image: Dust storm engulfs Tehran, Iran – 2014.
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