Iran – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Shiraz

At least 19 people have died in flash floods that struck the southern city of Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran on 25 March, 2019.

The disaster comes days after 50,000 people were affected by flooding in the northern provinces of Golestan and Mazandaran. According to Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), around 8,000 people were displaced and are still in shelters in Golestan. As many as 13 people died in flooding in neighbouring parts of Afghanistan.

Shiraz, Fars Province

IRCS said major flash flooding hit the city of Shiraz after 18mm of rain fell in 10 minutes on 25 March, 2019, adding “flooding was triggered from the mountainous areas in suburban Shiraz to the city’s gate, Darvazeh Quran, located on the north.”

As many as 19 people were killed during the incident, including four children, and 105 others were injured. The flood waters were so powerful they dragged cars through streets. Relief workers recovered 150 vehicles from the flood path.

According to the Red Crescent, several provinces of Iran were affected by the recent heavy rain, including Lorestan and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Provinces. A spokesman for Iran’s Crisis Management Organization told state news channel IRINN that as many as 25 of the nation’s 31 provinces have been affected. No damage assessments are available as yet.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: April 9, 2019
Event
Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Late March to April 2019
Date
March 17, 2019
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Further to the flood disaster of early March, more heavy rain from around 17 March caused flash flooding in northern Iran and western Afghanistan. More rain from 25 March caused catastrophic flash flooding in the city of Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran. IRCS said at least 19 people were killed.

Other provinces in Iran were also reportedly affected. As of 30 March, at least 45 people had been reported dead across the country, with flooding affecting the provinces of Khuzestan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Fars, Golestan, Kermanshah, North Khorasan, Mazandaran, Semnan, and Sistan and Baluchestan. Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) have provided relief services to around 45,000 people and emergency shelter to over 26,000.

Yet another round of heavy rain from 31 March caused further flooding, with 5 deaths reported in Lorestan Province.

A few days earlier flash flooding had struck once more in western and northern parts of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) said the recent flash flooding killed at least 12 people in the northern province of Faryab and 10 people in the western province of Herat. Flooding has also devastated parts of Balkh Province in the north, where 5 people have died and more than 3,000 houses destroyed, while 8 people died in flash flooding in Badghis Province.
Heavy rain from around 27 March caused flash flooding in parts of Northern Syria, including in refugee camps.

UNOCHA reported on 02 April that over 1,000 families had been displaced by flooding along the Tigris River in northern and central Iraq after heavy rain from around 24 March.

On 07 April Iraqi Red Crescent said flooding had damaged homes of around 60 families in Abara township in Baquba district, Diyala governorate, after heavy rain increased levels of the Diyala river.

Locations

A - Herat (Afghanistan)
B - Golestan (Iran)
C - Mazandaran (Iran)
D - Shiraz (Iran)
E - Lorestan Province (Iran)
F - Faryab (Afghanistan)
G - Balkh (Afghanistan)
H - Badghis (Afghanistan)
I - Saladin Governorate (Iraq)
J - Idlib Governorate (Syria)
K - Al-Hasakah Governorate (Syria)
L - Diyala Govenorate (Iraq)
M - Herat, Afghanistan - Rainfall level 183 mm in 24 hours
N - Gorgan, Iran - Rainfall level 107 mm in 24 hours
O - Babolsar, Iran - Rainfall level 84 mm in 24 hours
P - Noshahr, Iran - Rainfall level 50 mm in 24 hours
Q - Gorgan, Iran - Rainfall level 97.1 mm in 24 hours
R - Maraveh-Tappeh, Iran 59 - Rainfall level 59 mm in 24 hours
S - Gachsaran - Rainfall level 81.3 mm in 24 hours
T - Khorramabad, Lorestan, Iran - Rainfall level 78 mm in 24 hours
U - Ilam - Rainfall level 60.5 mm in 24 hours
V - Arak - Rainfall level 53 mm in 24 hours
W - Amarah, Iraq - Rainfall level 59 mm in 24 hours
X - Baiji - Rainfall level 82 mm in 24 hours
Y - Yasuj (Yasoge) - Rainfall level 151.3 mm in 24 hours
Z - Kharg, Iran - Rainfall level 125 mm in 24 hours
- Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan - Rainfall level 90 mm in 24 hours
- Kermanshah - Rainfall level 58.6 mm in 24 hours
- Yasuj - Rainfall level 53.4 mm in 24 hours
- Hamedan - Rainfall level 98.6 mm in 24 hours
- Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran - Rainfall level 106.9 mm in 24 hours
- Amarah - Rainfall level 62.5 mm in 24 hours
- Arak - Rainfall level 55.8 mm in 24 hours
- Safita - Rainfall level 50 mm in 24 hours
- Raqqa, Syria - Rainfall level 259.9 mm in 24 hours

Magnitude

Rainfall level
183 mm in 24 hours
Herat, Afghanistan - March 17 to March 18, 2019
All rainfall figures below via WMO
Rainfall level
107 mm in 24 hours
Gorgan, Iran - March 17 to March 18, 2019
Rainfall level
84 mm in 24 hours
Babolsar, Iran - March 17 to March 18, 2019
Rainfall level
50 mm in 24 hours
Noshahr, Iran - March 17 to March 18, 2019
Rainfall level
97.1 mm in 24 hours
Gorgan, Iran - March 18 to March 19, 2019
Rainfall level
59 mm in 24 hours
Maraveh-Tappeh, Iran 59 - March 18 to March 19, 2019
Rainfall level
81.3 mm in 24 hours
Gachsaran - March 24 to March 25, 2019
Rainfall level
78 mm in 24 hours
Khorramabad, Lorestan, Iran - March 24 to March 25, 2019
Rainfall level
60.5 mm in 24 hours
Ilam - March 24 to March 25, 2019
Rainfall level
53 mm in 24 hours
Arak - March 24 to March 25, 2019
Rainfall level
59 mm in 24 hours
Amarah, Iraq - March 24 to March 25, 2019
Rainfall level
82 mm in 24 hours
Baiji - March 24 to March 25, 2019
Rainfall level
151.3 mm in 24 hours
Yasuj (Yasoge) - March 25 to March 26, 2019
Rainfall level
125 mm in 24 hours
Kharg, Iran - March 25 to March 26, 2019
Rainfall level
90 mm in 24 hours
Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan - March 27 to March 28, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
58.6 mm in 24 hours
Kermanshah - March 31 to April 1, 2019
Rainfall level
53.4 mm in 24 hours
Yasuj - March 31 to April 1, 2019
Rainfall level
98.6 mm in 24 hours
Hamedan - March 31 to April 1, 2019
Rainfall level
106.9 mm in 24 hours
Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran - March 31 to April 1, 2019
Rainfall level
62.5 mm in 24 hours
Amarah - March 31 to April 1, 2019
Rainfall level
55.8 mm in 24 hours
Arak - March 31 to April 1, 2019
Rainfall level
50 mm in 24 hours
Safita - March 27 to March 28, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
259.9 mm in 24 hours
Raqqa, Syria - March 26 to March 27, 2019
WMO figures

Damages

Affected
40,000
Golestan province - March 17 to March 25, 2019
IRCS said it provided relief for 38,447 people in Golestan province
Evacuated
8,000
Golestan province - March 17 to March 25, 2019
IRCS said it provided accommodation for around 8,000 people in Golestan province
Buildings damaged
10,063
Golestan province - March 17 to March 25, 2019
According to IRCS
Affected
11,000
Mazandaran Province - March 17 to March 25, 2019
IRCS said it provided relief for 11,000 people in Mazandaran province
Buildings damaged
650 buildings
March 17 to March 25, 2019
According to IRCS
Fatalities
13 people
Herat Province - March 17 to March 25, 2019
According to local media reports
Fatalities
21 people
Shiraz, Iran - March 25 to March 26, 2019
Injured
105 people
Shiraz, Iran - March 25 to March 26, 2019
Fatalities
11 people
Golestan and Mazandran provinces, Iran - March 19 to March 26, 2019
Fatalities
5 people
Lorestan Province, Iran - March 30 to April 1, 2019
Media said the areas of Nurabad in Delfan county and Dorud, Dorud County, have been hardest hit.
Fatalities
35 people
March 28 to March 31, 2019
Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) said recent flash flooding (assumed dates: 28 to 31 March) killed at least 12 people in the northern province of Faryab and 10 people in the western province of Herat. Flooding has also devastated parts of Balkh Province in the north, where 5 people have died and more than 3,000 houses destroyed, while 8 people died in flash flooding in Badghis Province.
Buildings destroyed
3,000
Balkh Province, Afghanistan - March 28 to March 31, 2019
Affected
30,000
Idlib Governorate, Syria - March 28 to April 1, 2019
Refugee camps in northern Syria were badly hit, in particular Atma Camp
Evacuated
6,000
Saladin Governorate, Iraq - March 24 to April 2, 2019
UNOCHA says that the critical areas are along the Tigris River in Baiji, Samarra, Al and Tikrit districts, Saladin /Salah al-Din governorate, where 1,173 families have been displaced.
Evacuated
300 people
Diyala governorate, Iraq - April 4 to April 9, 2019