Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, January 14, 2020—Unprecedented floods in Sistan Baluchestan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces have caused severe damages to cities and villages in some of the most impoverished regions of Iran. According to reports, at least four people have died in the floods and thousands have been displaced.
Floods have affected hundreds of villages in Iran's southern provinces
The floods have affected 500 villages in Sistan Baluchestan alone and 20,000 houses have been destroyed. In Nikshahr, 200 villages have lost internet and telephone communications and there’s no news of their conditions. Many villages in the province have been completely submerged in water. The impoverished people of these villages have lost what meager belongings they had.
Roads connecting villages and towns have been submerged in water. Several roads and at least one bridge have been completely destroyed. Electricity outage has been reported in at least 130 towns and villages in Sistan Baluchistan.
The displaced people are in critical condition and are in dire need of help. Photos and videos obtained from the flood-stricken areas show people taking refuge on trees.
People are taking refuge in trees to escape floods
In Bandar Abbas, floodwater has covered all the streets and many of the homes.
While the Iranian regime has plundered the wealth and assets of the people for its repressive, destructive and terrorist projects, Iranian officials are complaining that the disaster-stricken provinces don’t have front loaders, bulldozers and other equipment to restore the pathways.
Waterflood has pushed alligators into villages
While extending her condolences and sympathies to the victims of the floods, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on the people of Kerman, Hormozgan and Sistan Baluchistan to help the disaster-stricken people of their provinces. “Tens of thousands are besieged by flood or have lost their homes,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
I ask patriotic youth in the south to assist our flood-stricken compatriots in Hormuzgan, Sistan & Baluchestan, & Kerman. Tens of thousands are besieged by flood or have lost their homes. Basic equipment to get aid to those areas are lacking #Iran— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 13, 2020
Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that the regime’s lack of disaster recovery policies and its destructive priorities have led to this situation. “By destroying the environment, the mullahs have worsened the floods, doing nothing to help the victims. They squandered the nation’s wealth to pursue nuclear & missile projects & warmongering, leaving our compatriots defenseless in the face of natural disasters,” she said.
By destroying the environment, the mullahs have worsened the floods, doing nothing to help the victims. They squandered the nation’s wealth to pursue nuclear & missile projects & warmongering, leaving our compatriots defenseless in the face of natural disasters #Iran pic.twitter.com/pRcPukObTm— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 13, 2020