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Floods in northeast Iran devastate lives of many villagers

Floods in rural areas near the city of Sabzevar of Razavi Khorasan Province, northeast Iran
Floods in rural areas near the city of Sabzevar of Razavi Khorasan Province, northeast Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK  

Iran, April 12, 2020—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. 

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Floods across Iran’s southern provinces caused havoc and destroyed people’s lives last month, killing at least 11 and leaving many injured. A 32-year old woman and a five-year-old girl in the city of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, and a 58-year old man in Larestan lost their lives due to the floods. These unfortunate incidents also left behind many injured, two of which are in Bandar Kangan near Bushehr, southern Iran, and another in the city of Darab. Rains were reported on Sunday, March 22 in the provinces of Hormozgan, Fars, Bushehr, Sistan & Baluchistan, and Kerman. 

Kangan was reporting more 120 millimeters of rains, 100 millimeters pouring down on Sunday alone. These rains have caused power outages in various villages of these cities, along with dangerous mudslides between the two towns of Rahak and Dir in Bushehr Province. The governor in Kangan confirmed that these rains caused damages to local infrastructure, homes, livestock and people’s vehicles. 

 

Intense rains and floods in Asaluyeh 

  

A small sea vessel being engulfed by floodwaters in Asaluyeh 

  

Floods in Bushehr 

Following the recent rains, reports showed that roads to more than 40 villages, home to more than 7,000 people, have been blocked. 

In the city of Poledokhtar in Lorestan Province, many of the local roads were engulfed by floodwaters and damages were inflicted on people’s homes and stores. Roads leading to many villages, including those in the Paie district of Lorestan, were blocked by floods. In addition to Lorestan, floods threatened people’s lives in Khuzestan, North Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi, Golestan, Mazandaran, Hormozgan and Sistan & Baluchistan Province. 

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, headof the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), expressed her sympathy for the disaster-stricken people of Iran, reminding the regime's lack of response measures to natural disasters in Iran.