Iran's Sunni leader Mowlavi Abdolhamid

Iran Bans Sunni Leader's Travel To Flood-Affected Areas

Monday, 03/04/2024

Government forces in Iran have banned the travel plans of the outspoken Sunni Imam of Zahedan who intended to visit flood-stricken zones in Sistan and Baluchestan.

According to Baluch websites, Mowlavi Abdolhamid, accompanied by his family and supporters, set out for the afflicted Dashtyari region on Monday. However, their convoy was intercepted by security forces at a police checkpoint along the Zahedan-Khash road, resulting in the detainment of two of his teenage sons.

Abdolhamid has opted to remain at the site in protest, awaiting the release of his detained sons.

In recent days, Abdolhamid has been actively advocating for assistance to flood victims while criticizing governmental shortcomings in relief efforts for the affected areas of Sistan and Baluchestan.

Regime officials have disclosed that approximately 1,800 households have incurred damage due to the recent floods in the province. The Housing Foundation has identified 300 demolished residential units and 1500 structures in need of repair, pledging prompt reconstruction measures.

The torrential rains witnessed over the past week in southern Sistan and Baluchestan have triggered extensive flooding, particularly in the Dashtyari region, leading to submerged residential areas and the closure of numerous roads.

According to reports from the IRNA state news agency, the overflow of four dams and the inundation of floodwaters have impacted 16 counties and 1947 villages, exacerbating the crisis gripping the region.


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