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Tajik Ministry Warns Of Summer Water Shortage

DUSHANBE -- Tajikistan's Foreign Ministry has warned that Central Asia could face a water shortage this summer.

Foreign Minister Hamrohkhon Zarifi said Tajikistan's water reserves are being used to produce additional energy due to a deficit of electricity.

Zarifi said that using water to produce electricity could lead to a water deficit in countries that rely on Tajikistan for large amounts of their water.

Tajikistan controls more than 50 percent of Central Asia's water reserves.

The region's countries are at odds with each other every year over water resources.