Leader Underlines Prompt Action in Aiding People in Flood-Hit Areas
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei asked relevant authorities to take urgent actions in providing assistance for people in Iranian provinces hit by the recent devastating flooding.
“The urgent task of the relevant authorities is to assist affected people and reduce their pain,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message on Saturday, adding that the measures should be taken without delay.
The Leader also voice sympathy with bereaved families of victims.
Head of Iran’s Crisis Management Organization has confirmed the deaths of over 40 people in severe flooding triggered by torrential rains in four northwestern provinces of the country.
Esmaeel Najjar said the bodies of 40 people who died in the flash floods have been found.
Heavy rains started on Friday. The surging waters caused rivers to burst their banks and swept away cars and flooded houses in the provinces of East and West Azarbaijan, Kurdistan and Ardabil.
Najjar said in Azar Shahr in East Azarbaijan 17 people in 7 cars went missing on Friday after their cars were carried away by floodwaters, adding that the bodies of all 17 have been found by rescue teams.
Eighteen villagers in Chenar, near the town of Ajabshir, East Azarbaijan, were also killed and two remain missing, he said.
According to the official, 12 houses were completely destroyed in the village, too.
In Kurdistan, one person lost his life in the deluge in the city of Baneh and 4 were killed in landslides in the town of Saqqez, the official stated.
Meanwhile, search and rescue operations continue in the areas hit by the floods, and military and law enforcement forces have been asked to assist.
Shahin Fathi, of the Iranian Red Crescent Society’s Search and Rescue Department, said that the operations had provided assistance to as many as 1150 people in 33 cities and villages.
He said 133 people had been accommodated in temporary shelters, 15 transferred to safe areas, and six taken to medical centers to receive due services.