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Floodwaters rising in cities across Lorestan Province, western Iran

Flood in Iran
Flood in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, February 26, 2020—Cities throughout Lorestan Province in western Iran are witnessing rising floodwaters following seasonal rains. A thousand homes in the city of Poledokhtar have been evacuated in the past few days, according to a report wired by the semi-official Tasnim news agency citing the city mayor. Waters from the Kashkan River will be entering Poledokhtar if further rains continue, the report adds.

Roads leading to 150 villages around the city of Aligudarz, 70 villages near Delfan, 60 villages near Kuhdasht, 15 villages near Poledokhtar and 20 villages near Chegeni have been blocked due to the rising floodwaters.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on Iranian youths to rush to the support of flood-hit areas.

“I call on all valiant youths of Lorestan, Ilam and other western provinces to launch a national solidarity effort to deal with the floods and aid the flood-stricken compatriots. Young people must take the initiative and rush to the aid of our flood-hit compatriots. The facilities usurped by the clerical regime must be placed at the disposal of the public. The ruling mullahs’ criminal cover-up, dissemination of misleading information and inaction have multiplied the scale of damages and human and material loss,” Madam Rajavi said.

 

 

Rising floodwaters in Lorestan Province, western Iran

Rising floodwaters in Lorestan Province, western Iran

 

Heavy rains and floods have blocked roads to more than 100 villages across Lorestan Province, western Iran

Heavy rains and floods have blocked roads to more than 100 villages across Lorestan Province, western Iran

 

Bridge in Kianabad village destroyed due to rising floodwaters

Bridge in Kianabad village destroyed due to rising floodwaters

 

Bridge in Cham Divan village near the city of Chegeni suffers severe damage due to rising floodwaters

Bridge in Cham Divan village near the city of Chegeni suffers severe damage due to rising floodwaters

 

Road linking Poledokhtar to the city of Andimeshk is blocked due to rising floodwaters

Road linking Poledokhtar to the city of Andimeshk is blocked due to rising floodwaters

 

Flood warnings have been issued in more than 50 cities ranging in parts of northern, northwest, west, southwest and southern Iran. Locals in Lorestan Province are complaining about authorities failing to take adequate measures to prepare their cities, towns and villages for such floods, and are not providing aid during this time of crisis.

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Back in January, 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.

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.

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 heavy machineries such as front loaders, bulldozers and other equipment to restore the pathways.

 

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