Thousands of people have been evacuated due to ongoing floods in six eastern and southeastern provinces of Iran. Red Crescent relief and rescue operations are continuing in the area. In all, 21 counties have been affected. 15,600 people have already benefited from Red Crescent relief and rescue services. In addition, 6,400 people were provided with emergency sheltering over the past week following torrential rains and flooding.
Mr Morteza Salimi, Head of Relief and Rescue Organization of the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran highlighted that Red Crescent relief work is taking place in 191 towns and villages in six provinces concurrently in response to the floods.Rescue teams have also evacuated over 100 families from the six villages located in the path of floodwaters in Sistan and Baluchestan province. Water has been pumped out of 60 residential units and 73 trapped cars in floods have been recovered.”
Mr Salimi added, “In all, 228 response teams including 1,222 relief workers and rescuers have been involved in these operations, distributing vitally needed emergency food and relief items to families in need.”
Relief distributed in the past week included 1,350 tents, over 4,500 blankets, 1,760 ground sheets, 1,350 lanterns, 300 kitchen sets, 23,300 tins of canned food, 3,600 loaves of bread and 800 kilograms of rice.
Accompanied by Mr Salimi, Mr Mostafa Mohammadioun, the newly appointed Secretary General of Red Crescent of the Islamic Republic of Iran arrived in Chabahar city in Sistan and Baluchestan Province of Iran on 27 January 2017 in order to monitor the situation and direct the Red Crescent response.
“The situation is fully under control and Red Crescent emergency stocks and food items provided have made a difference to those affected. More assistance and relief and rescue services will be provided to the flood affected victims in case people remain in need,” stated Mr Mohammadioun.
There has been no official account of the fatalities of flooding which has hit six provinces over the past few days, but the provision of relief and rescue services by Red Crescent teams in Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan, and Kerman provinces still continues.