Iran – 1 Dead, Dozens Rescued After Floods in Tehran Province

Iranian Red Crescent reported on 24 May, 2018, that 1 person died and 6 were injured in flooding caused by heavy rains in the county of Shemiranat, Tehran Province, close to the capital.

Rivers, including the Jajrood River, overflowed in the area after heavy rainfall in Shemiranat county during the afternoon of Wednesday 23 May. Houses, roads and vehicles were damaged.

The Red Crescent’s operational teams responded to the flooding, rescuing 89 people.

“At 3 pm, Red Crescent was informed of overflow of rivers at Shemiranat by 112 emergency number. Immediately assessment and relief teams were dispatched to the affected regions,” said Hossein Ketabdar, managing director of Tehran Red Crescent branch.

“The flood in Took Mazraeh, Lavasan division, and Roudbarak village, Roudbar Qasran division was more expansive, so all the relief teams were dispatched there.”

Twenty-one operational teams including 100 volunteers and relief workers, 9 search and rescue teams, a rapid response team, along with 6 sniffer dogs, 26 operational vehicles were involved in rescue and relief operations, according to Red Crescent.

Shemiranat county is a mountainous area where slopes rise steeply from the capital Tehran.

Iran Red Crescent teams in Tehran Province carry out flood rescue and relief operations, 24 May 2018. Photo: Iran Red Crescent