Iran – Deadly Floods in Northern Provinces

At least 2 people have died in floods in Iran over the last few days. One person is still missing.

Floods in Golestan, Iran, November 2019. Photo: IRCS

Heavy rain over the last few days has affected northern areas of the country, with flooding reported in the provinces of Golestan, Mazanderan, Semnan, North Khorasan, South Khorasan and Razavi Khorasan.

Roads have been cut and schools closed. Flooding has caused severe damage to farmland. Water supply has been interrupted in some flood-hit areas.

Radio Farda, quoting Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS) sources, reported that 2 people died as a result of flooding in Torbat Jam in Razavi Khorasan Province. One person is reportedly missing in Mazanderan Province.

Weeks of Flooding

Flooding has been ongoing in parts of the country throughout October.

In the first week of the month at least 5 people died and over 100 were displaced after heavy rain caused flash floods in southern Iran. Further heavy rainfall in Iran caused flooding in the northern provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan from October 12 to 14, 2019.

More flooding struck around 10 days later. IRCS reported on 28 October that hundreds of people had been affected by floods in at least 12 provinces since 23 October. IRCS said teams were helping flood-hit communities in the provinces of West Azerbaijan, Alborz, Isfahan, Tehran, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Zanjan, Semnan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Qazvin, Lorestan and Hamedan.

IRCS said, “Red Crescent provincial branches have mobilized a total of 46 operational teams, including 160 relief workers and rescuers to assist the affected people, according to the IRCS Relief and Rescue Organisation. The Red Crescent teams also pumped water out of 81 residential and commercial buildings.”

Widespread flooding hit Iran during early October, late October and again in November last year.

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