0202 GMT January 17, 2019
Heavy rain in Iran's western and southwestern provinces has resulted in flash floods that caused damages and claimed two lives.
President Hassan Rouhani ordered the mobilization of efforts to prevent more damages in the affected provinces.
In a telephone conversation with his vice-president, Es’haq Jahangiri, on Thursday night, President Rouhani emphasized the need for the mobilization of all capabilities to manage the flooding impact.
Speaking from Turkey’s Istanbul, where he attended a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Rouhani insisted that people be informed of the latest situation in a timely manner.
He also ordered the whole authorities in the flood-stricken provinces to be fully prepared, take the necessary measures and cooperate with each other.
Jahangiri also gave the president a report on an emergency meeting the country’s crisis management committee held earlier to deal with the natural disaster.
Iran's railway authority canceled all trains scheduled for Friday to and from the southern part of the country.
Flash floods have washed away cars and blocked roads between several cities and villages in Lorestan and Khuzestan provinces.
Spokesman of Red Crescent Relied and Rescue Organization on Friday said relief workers are fully ready to provide services for people affected by floods at 126 cities.
Mostafa Mortazavi said provinces of Khuzestan, Ilam, Lorestan, Isfahan, Fars, Chahar Mahal-Bakhtiari and Bushehr were trapped by floods after incessant heavy rains.
There are reports of floods in provinces of Northern and Razavi Khorasan, East Azarbaijan, Gilan, and Hamedan.
Some 5,600 people affected by the floods were provided with relied aid, he said, warning about the raising level of water in Karoun River in Khuzestan Province after heavy rains.
According to head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society Relief and Rescue Organization Nasser Charkhsaz, people in 136 cities and villages have been given relief aid over the past 3 days, with 2,500 people evacuated to makeshift camps.
Dams in the southwestern regions have been pushed to their limits due to days of relentless rain, while flooding has cut off water supply and electricity to thousands.