0448 GMT December 01, 2022
The death toll from recent flash floods in different Iranian provinces has risen to 69, among which are six Iraqi citizens, as rescue operation continue, said a deputy head of the country’s National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO) on Sunday.
Nejad Jahani, the NDMO’s deputy head for technical affairs, reconstruction and rehabilitation, added the largest number of deaths pertain to the provinces of Tehran, Khorasan Razavi (northeastern Iran) and Mazandaran (northern Iran), IRNA reported.
He added 45 people are still missing, of which three are Iraqi nationals, putting the total number of the affected provinces at 24.
Jahani said the number of the wounded in the flood-hit regions stands at 39, saying three of these people are also from Iraq, according to Tasnim News Agency.
He noted that as the rescue work continues, the casualties would likely increase.
The NDMO deputy said Tehran with 32 deaths ranks first in terms of the casualties, followed by Khorasan Razavi (seven), Mazandaran (six) and Sistan and Baluchestan, Lorestan and Yazd, each having lost five lives to the flooding.
He said the southeastern province of Kerman, Markazi (northern Iran) and Khuzestan (southwestern Iran) have each suffered three deaths.
Jahani said of the missing people, 23 pertain to Tehran Province, noting that the provinces of Mazandaran (12), Yazd (four), Khorasan Razavi (three), Semnan (two) and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari (one) come next.
Elaborating on the rescue operations, Pir-Hossein Koulivand, the president of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), said search, rescue and aid work is being carried out in 661 regions in 24 provinces.
He added the major part of the work pertains to Firuzkuh County in Tehran Province.
Director General of Isfahan’s Disaster Management Organization Mansour Shishehforoush said the flash floods have caused damages worth $28.12 million to 18 counties in the province, adding 4,000 hectares of farmlands, 50 hectares of gardens, 30 animal husbandry units and 10 fish farming units have been damaged.
He noted that heavy rainfalls in the province have also damaged 98 kilometers of roads and 61 buildings and bridges.
During a surprise visit to Firuzkuh County on Saturday, 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, IRNA wrote.
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.