Flood-hit areas in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province (February 2024)

Government Fails To Help Flood Victims In Iran

Saturday, 03/02/2024

Amidst a flood crisis in southeastern Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province, the Iranian regime has come under fire for failing to provide aid to victims.

Mohammad Mehdi Sajjadi, CEO of the Red Crescent, said on Saturday that "Water levels have risen up to half a meter and even more in many flood-affected villages," illustrating the gravity of the inundation.

He further noted, "The floods are severe to the extent that even rescue operations are challenging, and teams sent to deliver supplies to areas besieged by floods could not return and are trapped in the region."

Earlier, Mohammad Hassan Nami, head of the Crisis Management Organization, reported inundation in 16 counties due to recent heavy rainfall.

Nami detailed the extent of the damage, stating, "The cities of Nikshahr, Qasr-e Qand, Dashtiyari, and others have suffered damage," with over 9,447 villages affected by floods.

Meanwhile, the deputy of Chabahar's governor announced the absence of medical helicopters in flood-affected areas, exacerbating the plight of stranded individuals, including pregnant women.

In response to criticisms of evacuation efforts, the Red Crescent CEO claimed, “the residents are reluctant to leave their homes, complicating relief efforts.”

As the flood crisis persists, concerns mount over potential casualties and the region's infrastructure. With crocodiles reportedly leaving their habitats, residents face heightened risks.

Officials claim that no casualties have been reported thus far, but Baluch sources say at least five have lost their lives. Challenges persist as freezing temperatures loom over the northern half of the province, compounding the ongoing disaster.

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