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Iran’s devastating floods cause havoc in 19 provinces, leaving dozens killed and injured

The flood crisis in Iran
The flood crisis in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK  

Iran, March 25, 2020—Devastating floods have 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.

Floods in Kerman have destroyed crops and livestock

Floods in Kerman have destroyed crops and livestock

 

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.