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Iran drought kills hundreds of thousands of fish

TEHRAN, Iran, June 8, 2000 (Reuters) - Iran's worsening drought dried up a huge lagoon in southern Iran, killing hundreds of thousands of fish, state television reported on Thursday.

The television showed piles of dead fish spreading over thousands of hectares (acres) of dried land once covered with water.

The Arjang lagoon, in a suburb of the southern city of Shiraz, had an area of 2,200 hectares (5,440 acres) and was a major breeding ground for fish and migrant birds.

The television said drought also threatened another large lagoon in the region.

A severe drought has hit much of the Iranian plateau for the second year in a row, causing losses of at least $2 billion by official estimates.