0108 GMT August 18, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi gave the assurance that rescue work is continuing at full strength to provide assistance to people in the country’s flood-stricken cities.
Raeisi made the remarks on Saturday during a surprise visit to Firuzkuh County, Tehran Province, which is among the worst flood-hit areas in the country, IRNA reported.
The president said the recent flash floods, caused by heavy monsoon rainfalls over the past few days, have affected 660 regions in the country, stressing that the rescue work will continue until restoring calm to the areas.
On the same day, Mehdi Vallipour, the head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), said the death toll from the recent flash floods in the country has reached 61, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He added this comes as 32 people are still missing, giving the assurance that efforts are underway to find them.
Vallipour said according to warnings by Iran Meteorological Organization, the IRCS forces will be in a state of full alert until Monday when the rainfalls are expected to stop.
He noted that rescue operations will continue in Firuzkuh, warning the people in the high-risk areas against going to river banks or near watercourses in the coming days.
The heavy rainfalls began in Tehran Province late on Wednesday, resulting in floods that have so far killed 10 people in Firuzkuh.
On Friday, Vallipour said that 3,000 people had so far been provided with emergency accommodation and another 1,300 have been transferred to safe places across the country.
Rescue operations are being carried out by 687 rescue teams comprising 3,000 rescuers in the flood-hit areas, he added.
Also on Friday, Raeisi called for the mobilization of the country’s entire facilities, resources and capacities to minimize the flooding’s damage and assist the affected people, president.ir wrote.
The ongoing heavy rainfalls, which are expected to continue until Monday, have so far led to flooding in 21 provinces, causing damage to 100 counties and 300 villages.