Iran – Deadly Floods in North and Central Provinces

Several people have reportedly died and hundreds have been affected after more flooding in Iran. Wide areas of the country are still recovering from flooding in March.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) reports that 2 people have died, 1 was injured and 1 is missing after floods in Razavi Khorasan Province in northeastern Iran over the last few days.

Dozens of houses have been damaged and over 200 people moved to emergency accommodation. IRCS says it has provided emergency supplies and aid to over 840 people in Khorasan Razavi Province over the last few days.

Among the worst hit areas is Sabzevar, where 2 fatalities were reported. One person is reported missing after floods in Khaf County.

Flooding has also affected the central province of Yazd province, where emergency relief supplies have been distributed to affected families in Taft County. Local media reported that 2 young children died after a vehicle was swept away by floods in Ardakan, Yazd province, on 11 April.

According to media reports several other provinces are also experiencing flooding, although full details were unclear. Heavy rain was also reported in neghbouring Pakistan and Afghanistan over the last few days.

The recent floods in Iran follow severe flooding in the country from February this year. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in March that Iran was facing three simultaneous emergencies; a spike in cases of people affected by the coronavirus COVID-19, locust invasion, as well as flooding. By mid-March 20,000 people were affected by floods in the south. Flooding continued to affect southern provinces over the following days, including in Fars Province.

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