More severe flooding has affected parts of southern Iran over the last few days, with around 1,200 homes damaged and thousands of people displaced in Kerman Province.
This is the second severe flood event in Iran in the last 3 weeks. Areas of the country including Kerman Province saw severe flooding in early January 2022.
Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) report that flooding has affected 300 villages in 11 counties of Kerman Province since around 18 January. IRCS teams have supported over 12,000 people affected by the floods, and provided emergency shelter to 1,050 households.
Roads have been blocked, hindering access to some affected areas. Furthermore, severe weather conditions until late 19 January, including heavy rain, fog and wind, made it impossible to carry out relief and rescue efforts by air. Later IRCS helicopters were able to reach affected communities and IRCS has started to distribute a 40-ton consignment of relief supplies.
Three people were reported missing and later rescued alive after their vehicle was swept away in flood waters near Qala-e-Ganj. Red Crescent also reported that a pregnant woman with heart disease was air lifted to a hospital for treatment after roads around her home were blocked by flooding.