Floods that began in northern parts of Iran earlier in March are quickly propagating to other areas in Iran. At least 25 provinces across the country have been affected by the floods. The worst-hit provinces include those on the shores of Caspian Sea, the skirts of the Zagros mountain range, central and southern Iran.
In the province of Lorestan, heavy rainfall quickly turned into flash floods submerging large parts of the province, including Khoramabad, the province’s capital, which is reported to be in an especially critical condition. The Khoramabad-Pol Dokhtar and Andimeshk-Pol Dokhtar roads have been blocked by flood water. At least 22 vital interstate highways have been blocked by floods.
Shiraz is one of the worst-hit regions. At least 120 people have been reported dead as a result of flash floods pouring into the city. Videos shows cars with passengers being carried away by water torrents. At least 200 vehicles have been destroyed by the floods.
The Greater Tehran area is also facing a major risk. Reports of rising water in a variety of districts throughout the country’s capital that is home to around 9 million people are emerging.
In Shiraz, south-central Iran, after floods entered the city for the second day on Tuesday, people’s homes suffered enormous damages, especially in the Sa’diyeh neighborhood. Videos posted on social media platforms showed people seeking refuge on their rooftops. The number of people killed in these floods of Shiraz alone, being the result of 40 years of destructive policies imposed by the mullahs’ regime, has now risen over 150, according to local reports and eyewitnesses. Further reports from this devastated city indicate authorities are blocking people and reporters from entering hospitals to prevent any leakage of the true number of people killed by these floods.
Reports also show landslides blocking many roads across the country. Clearly, service and maintenance of waterways was the least the mullahs could have done to prevent such floods. However, embezzlement and corruption has reached such a high among the Iranian regime authorities that have literally left no funds to provide for the people’s needs. The regime’s own experts have acknowledged time and again that government mismanagement and lack of funding for the public sector have led to natural disasters spinning out of control
People in Shiraz are fully aware that indecisive and imprudent construction of roads alongside the city’s famous Quran Gate have blocked water paths, resulting in massive floods.
Deforestation and selling Iran’s soil to foreign countries, alongside a variety of construction regulation violations, are further reasons behind the recent floods.
The Iranian Resistance President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, expressed her most sincere solidarity and condolences to the relatives of victims of the flood catastrophe and the Iranian people especially the population of Shiraz, wishing prompt recovery for those injured in the event.
I would like to extend my condolences to the bereaved families in #Shiraz and in other provinces impacted by flood, and I pray for the quick recovery of those injured and wounded. #Iran #IranFlood pic.twitter.com/ferPAB2RWm
She called the gallant youth of the country to come to the aid of those affected in Fars, Lorestan, Khouzestan, Sistan and Balouchestan, Isfahan, Boushehr, Ilam, Ghom, Kermanshah, Golestan and other parts of the country, adding that while Khamenei, Rohani and other criminal mullahs and authorities think only of keeping in place the disgusting religious dictatorship in power, bringing independent popular aid to the affected is a nationalistic and patriotic duty.
I urge the freedom-loving youths and members of resistance units and councils to not lose any opportunity in helping the flood-hit families. Help the people organize their popular councils which is the only solution for prevailing over this devastating flood. #Iran #IranFlood pic.twitter.com/lrwTjnPB5Y
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) March 27, 2019
Mrs. Rajavi affirmed that the mullahs’ regime corrupt leaders and its Pasdaran Army (IRGC) have intensified to the utmost the effects of this destructive flood through the destruction of the environment, and have rendered the Iranian cities and villages vulnerable to ruins by plundering the people’s belongings wasting them in projects of terrorism, war mongering and anti-Iranian nuclear and missile programs, as well as for repression and depriving the people of the least infrastructure to defend against natural disasters like earthquakes and floods.
When compared, the damages to our citizens’ lives and belonging in facing such calamities are much higher than in other countries and the world standards.