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Iran: New floods reported in Kerman, Khorasan Razavi provinces

Floods in Kerman province (April 2020)
Floods in Kerman province (April 2020)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 6, 2020—In the province of Kerman, south-central Iran, recent floods have dealt over 50 trillion rials (around $325 million) of damages to the locals. The mullahs’ regime is constantly refusing to carry out necessary measures to prepare this area with basic infrastructure in order to prevent such catastrophes.

The state-run Resalat daily wrote on April 5: “Following recent rains and the rise of floodwaters, the bridge at the entrance of the city of Kahnuj has been destroyed. No one is paying attention. This flood has left more than 50 trillion rials in damages and in the town of South Rudbar alone at least 2,000 heads of small and large livestock have been killed…”

Even this state outlet acknowledged that local infrastructure has left the people defenseless. “Many southern and eastern villages in this province are among the poorest areas of the country. Locals are desperate to just make ends meet. Due to the lack of infrastructure, the farmers who suffered from floods last year are once again facing a new catastrophe and left to endure a huge amount of damage.”

Also, on Sunday, April 5, intensive rain led to floods in the town of “Kalat-e Naderi” located in the northeast area of Khorasan Razavi Province, itself located in northeast Iran. The town is suffering from a shortage of heavy machinery during crisis situations, especially floods, the mayor of Kalat-e Naderi acknowledged during an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency.

Referring to the fact that the existing machinery is old, worn out and dates back to over 40 years ago the mayor added, “Although during last year’s floods officials pledged to allocate budgets necessary to compensate the inflicted damages, due to the decrease in credit resources across the country only a portion of these pledges have been fulfilled.”

The mullahs’ regime ruling Iran has yet to present a report of casualties and damages resulting from these floods.

Floods in Khorasan Razavi (April 2020)

Floods in Khorasan Razavi (April 2020)

 

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In March devastating floods spread in 19 provinces across Iran, leaving behind dozens killed and injured, and massive damages following over 40 years of neglect by the mullahs’ regime.

Residential areas and especially farm fields in the provinces of East Azerbaijan, Bushehr, Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiari, South Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi, North Khorasan, Khuzestan, Semnan, Sistan & Baluchistan, Fars, Qazvin, Qom, Kerman, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmed, Golestan, Gilan, Mazandaran, Markazi (Central) and Hormozgan are witnessing extensive destruction. Reports indicate dozens of people in various provinces have been killed and injured.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), expressed her condolences to the Iranians devastated by these floods, and called on neighboring areas to rush to the flood victims’ support.

Eleven provinces, including Hormozgan, Bushehr, Fars, Sistan & Baluchistan, Qom, Gilan, South Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi, Mazandaran, Semnan, and Kerman are seriously damaged with floods, according to Mojtaba Khaledi, a spokesperson of the regime’s Emergency Organization. Twelve people have died and 21 injured, according to Khaledi’s remarks in an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency.

Over 10,000 hectares of farmland south of Kerman in south-central Iran are engulfed by floodwaters. Fields of wheat, tomato, watermelon, vegetables and flowers have all been destroyed in this area. Floods have also inflicted 5 trillion rials (around $30 million) in damages to the already deprived farmers.

Eleven bridges have been completely damaged in the city of Iranshahr, located in southeast Iran. The road linking Iranshahr to the city of Bam has also been blocked. In the city of Borazjan, floodwaters have reached the roof of vehicles and all stores and markets are closed.

The southern areas of Sistan & Baluchistan Province have suffered over 401 billion rials (around $2.43 million) in damages, according to local officials. Weather reports indicate more than 50 millimeters of rainfall flooded this area. Crisis management officials are saying the situation in five towns, including Qasre-Qand, Nikshahr, Chabahar, Kenarak, Dashtiari, and Dolgan are critical.

Other officials are reporting that 130 villages, one city and three main roads in Iran’s southern provinces are surrounded by floodwaters.