TEHRAN, Oct 9 (AFP) - The drought
ravaging Iran has caused 3.4 billion dollars of damage, an interior ministry
official said Monday.
"The principal losses have been
in agriculture and livestock," said Ahmed Khoram, the head of Iran's
natural disasters commission.
"Some of the oil revenue surplus
(about 123 billion dollars) has been devoted to compensating those affected,"
he said, as cited by the official news agency IRNA.
Government authorities said in July that
the drought had swept 25 of Iran's 28 provinces, and an estimated 800,000
animals have died.