Iran and Iraq – Hundreds Evacuated After Flooding

Flooding has affected areas of Iraq and Iran over the last few days, following the heavy rain and flooding in Saudi Arabia where Civil Defence reported that at least 12 people died.

Iran

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said that it is providing emergency shelter for 820 people after heavy rain triggered flooding in the province of Khuzestan. IRCS has set up 4 camps to accommodate 500 people Shush County and 320 people Dezful County, as well as providing food and relief supplies. There were also evacuations in Rafi town, Hoveyzeh County, after flooding broke floodgates in the area.

IRCS also reported flooding in areas around the city of Khorramabad in Lorestan province, where around 1,400 were affected.

Flooding has also impacted the provinces of Ilam and Kermanshah, damaging infrastructure, shutting down the schools in Ilam, and blocking communication routes in Kermanshah. Relief workers are carrying out relief services such as pumping out water from the houses and distributing vital supplies among the affected people.

Floods hit parts of Iran in late January 2019. Photo: IRCS

Iraq

Meanwhile in Iraq, Anadolu Agency News Agency, quoting Iraqi civil-defence officials, reported that more than 50 homes in Najaf province have been swept away by severe flash flood between 27 and 28 January.

Many areas of the country suffered during major flooding last year which left thousands displaced and 21 dead. Floods damaged property, livestock and infrastructure in Nineveh, Salah ad Din and the southern governorates of Maysan, Wasit and Basra.

Flood Summary

Last updated: February 1, 2019
Event
Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, January to February 2019
Date
January 26 to February 1, 2019
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Flooding affected northern and western parts of Saudi Arabia between 27 and 29 January. Civil Defence reported dozens of rescues and later that 12 people had died, including 10 in Tabuk and 1 in Medina. Civil Defence also said a total of 271 people had been rescued across the country and 137 evacuated in Tabuk region. On 28 January, Anadolu Agency, quoting Iraqi civil-defence officials, reported that more than 50 homes in Iraq’s Najaf province have been swept away by severe flash flood. Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said it provided emergency shelter for 800 people after heavy rain in southern and western provinces triggered massive floods from 27 January. IRCS said flooding affected the provinces of Khuzestan, Lorestan, Ilam and Kermanshah. A total of around 1,400 people were affected.

Locations

A - Tabuk (Saudi Arabia)
B - Jawf (Saudi Arabia)
C - Madinah (Saudi Arabia)
D - Makkah (Saudi Arabia)
E - Najaf, Iraq (Iraq)
F - Khuzestan (Iran)
G - Lorestan (Iran)
H - Kermanshah (Iran)
I - Ilam (Iran)
J - Al Henakiyah - Rainfall level 41 mm in 24 hours
K - Jeddah - Rainfall level 56 mm in 24 hours
L - Al-Jouf - Rainfall level 52 mm in 24 hours
M - Arar - Rainfall level 51 mm in 24 hours
N - Salahaddin, Iraq - Rainfall level 54.9 mm in 24 hours
O - Ilam, Iran - Rainfall level 79.2 mm in 24 hours
P - Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran - Rainfall level 51.8 mm in 24 hours

Magnitude

Rainfall level
41 mm in 24 hours
Al Henakiyah - January 28 to January 29, 2019
Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) figures
Rainfall level
56 mm in 24 hours
Jeddah - January 27 to January 28, 2019
Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) figures
Rainfall level
52 mm in 24 hours
Al-Jouf - January 27 to January 28, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
51 mm in 24 hours
Arar - January 27 to January 28, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
54.9 mm in 24 hours
Salahaddin, Iraq - January 27 to January 28, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
79.2 mm in 24 hours
Ilam, Iran - January 28 to January 29, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
51.8 mm in 24 hours
Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran - January 28 to January 29, 2019

Damages

Fatalities
12 people
Madinah and Tabuk - January 26 to January 29, 2019
Rescued
271 people
Tabuk, Jawf, Madinah and Makkah regions - January 26 to January 30, 2019
Evacuated
170 people
Madinah and Tabuk - January 26 to January 29, 2019
Buildings destroyed
50 buildings
Najaf province, Iraq - January 27 to January 29, 2019
Evacuated
800 people
Khuzestan, Iran - January 27 to February 1, 2019
IRCS said 800 were staying in temporary shelters in