Reported by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Oct. 6, 2018 - Floods and dangerous lightning from flash thunderstorms in northern Iran on Friday and Saturday took the lives of eight Iranians, reports show.
Intense rains in Northern Khorasan, Mazandaran and Gilan provinces resulted in flash floods. Reports indicate two individuals lost their lives due to lightning strikes.
Dangerous floods in northern Iran
Many cities, towns, and villages in the mentioned provinces are reportedly engulfed and literally surrounded by floodwaters. Asphalt and dirt roads are filled with water, severely disrupting commuting. Many areas are reporting running water and gas is cut off.
One vehicle in the Talesh-Astara road of Gilan Province was reported to have fallen into the Howeigh River, taking the lives of three women. Two men also in the vehicle survived and one newborn is reported to be missing.
Poor infrastructure is threatening the lives of people in northern Iran
In Mazandaran Province, three individuals drowned in flood waters and two were hit by lightning.
The mayor of Sumeye-Sara said 700 hectares of agricultural lands have been damaged in this town. The mayor of Talesh said floods have inflicted damages to the town’s infrastructure, estimated at 1.2 trillion rials (around $28.6 million, based on the government exchange rate of 42,000 rials/U.S. dollar).
Critical conditions reported in northern Iran
Reports also show that many livestock in numerous villages have perished due to the vast amount of rain and floods.
Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi sent her condolences to the grieving families and expressing her utmost sympathy to all Iranian suffering from this catastrophe.
Mrs. Rajavi called upon all youths in northern Iran to support those suffering from the floods. The corrupt mullahs ruling Iran, who have plundered the country’s riches and wasted them on enriching their domestic crackdown machine, supporting terrorism and pursuing their warmongering abroad, have left the Iranian people defenseless in the face of natural disasters, she added.