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Iran: Horrific floods in Qom as coronavirus crisis continues

Scenes of floodwater rushing into Qom, central Iran
Scenes of floodwater rushing into Qom, central Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK   

Iran, April 13, 2020—Following floods in Razavi Khorasan Province in northeast Iran on Sunday, water levels have been rising and floods are now engulfing the city of Qom in central Iran, known as one of Iran’s coronavirus hotspots. A large number of vehicles were washed away, and a massive amount of muddy water has entered various factories and stories across the city.

Floods have also spread to all the cities of Razavi Khorasan Province. Fourteen roads leading to various villages and four main roads between cities, including paths linking the cities of Firouzeh to Khoshkhab, Rashtkhar to Torbat-e Heydarieh, Neyshabour to Kashmar, and Bardaskan to Sarkhes have all been blocked. Most of the damages have been inflicted to the cities of Davarzan, Sabzevar, Javin and Joghtay.

 

 

Numerous locals in various villages near Davarzan have been forced to evacuate their homes as floodwaters rose in their areas. Two people have lost their lives in Razavi Khorasan Province and one is reported missing. The two deaths were reported in the cities of Rashtkhar and Khaf. Severe damages are also being reported by locals of this important province.

On Sunday the famous Sagesabad bridge in the Boin Zahra area of Qazvin Province in northwest Iran was destroyed as a result of floods. Video footage of floods on Saturday, April 11, in the city of Takestan of this province are being posted on the internet.

“Due to strong floods in the village of Zardab Balakhaf, a 31-year old man and a 13-year old child were washed away. There is no sign of them. A 27-year old man being washed away was saved by local villagers and was later sent to a hospital,” one local of Razavi Khorasan Province said.

Recent rains, especially during the past 72 hours, have resulted in floods in villages around the city of Takestan, including Asfarvarin, Dowlatabad, Kahak, Yahya-abad, Ali Khamenei, Saj, Rakan and Lazjerd.

Scenes of floods in Razavi Khorasan Province

Read more from a report on April 12:

Floodwaters have engulfed many parts of Iran during the past few days. Reports indicate 29 cities of 16 provinces are reporting floods and rising water levels. This includes Isfahan the provinces of Isfahan, Tehran, Alborz, South and North Khorasan, Semnan, Qom, Qazvin, Kerman, Kermanshah, Golestan, Gilan, Lorestan, and Yazd. 

Recent rains are causing water levels to rise at a flood dam located west of the city of Sabzevar, Razavi Khorasan Province in northeast Iran. Floodwaters are now entering parts of the city, locals say. 

Floods in the past two days have unfortunately left four people dead, including two children. Floods and lightning storms in the town of Ardokan of Yazd Province (south-central Iran), Doleijan in Markazi (Central) Province (central Iran), and Baft in Kerman Province (south-central Iran) reported these deaths. 

Hale and sleet are causing vast damages in many orchards and farmlands, including in the cities of Borujerd and Yazd. Heavy rains, floodwaters, and rising water river levels have also led to a natural gas pipe rupturing in the area of Rudak in Buin Zahra County of Razavi Khorasan Province. This incident led to a massive fire. 

As seen in the past, there is a high probability of heavy rains resulting in mudslides near the roads of Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province, located in southwest Iran. Heavy rains and snowfall in the mountains, lightning, and strong winds were also reported recently in this province. Roads are also blocked to 28 villages in this province due to increasing floods. 

Forecasts show floods ravaging through 20 provinces in the next few days. Destructive floods are expanding through parallel to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the criminal policies imposed by Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, adding to the already difficult circumstances the Iranian people are facing these days.