Iran's top commander visits flood-hit southern provinces

Iran's top commander visits flood-hit southern provinces

Iran's top commander visits flood-hit southern provinces

Dozens of villages and towns have been evacuated in southern Iran as authorities issued warnings for a fresh round of flooding in the regions bordering Iraq, home to a number of rivers and dams. He said the deaths include accidents connected to the floods.

Heavy rains in Iran began on March 19, affecting around 1,900 cities, towns and villages.

Gholamreza Shariati, the provincial governor, told state TV that rescue teams are taking residents to nearby shelters, including three army barracks.

"2,199 rural roads and 84 bridges have been washed away", said Behnam Saeedi, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Organisation.

"Red Crescent volunteers and staff have evacuated hundreds of people to safety, and have distributed food and items such as tents, blankets and health kits to tens of thousands of people", the organization's Middle East and North Africa director, Sayed Hashem, said.

While the rescue and relief teams are busy working in the flood-hit areas, the United States sanctions have frozen all accounts of Iran's Red Crescent Society and have barred Tehran from receiving foreign aid, including rescue helicopters.

Iran's top commander visits flood-hit southern provinces

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said the armed forces were "using all their power" to minimise damage.

An aerial photo shows the flooding in Khuzestan province on Friday. "The regime blames outside entities when, in fact, it is their mismanagement that has led to this disaster".

There have been no reports of damage to the province's petroleum facilities, which account for roughly 80 per cent of Iran's oil production.

Other nations have pledged help.

Meanwhile, according to a news published by Xinhua on April 3, Hilal Al-Sayer, KRCS board chairman, said that the society will launch an immediate aid campaign for affected Iranians next week, adding that it has set up a committee to set out an action plan to provide humanitarian aid.

Also, the British Red Cross plans to supply aid and Turkey deployed supplies.

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