1005 GMT February 17, 2020
The governor of Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan said so far, about 300 families have been accommodated in emergency shelters as floods hit some villages in the province.
Ahmad Ali Mouhebati said in the wake of floods hitting some villages in the Hirmand city, north of Sistan-Baluchestan, around 300 households have been moved to emergency shelters.
He further said the floodwater has come from Afghanistan due to an increase in rainfall in the country, adding that given the overflow of dams and water holding structures in Afghanistan, the floods have been uncontrollable in the country and created problems for the people in Sistan-Baluchestan.
The official added that the floodwater has broken a major dyke in the province, inundating the villages of Hirmand.
On Saturday, Head of Iran’s Relief and Rescue Organization Morteza Salimi said relief operations continue in flood-stricken provinces of the country and that about 300,000 people have been accommodated in emergency shelters.
Amid unprecedented torrential rains in northern, western and southwestern Iran that killed nearly 80 people, the military forces mobilized efforts to help people trapped in the flood-affected areas and evacuate residents in the regions with an emergency situation.
Record spring rainfall that has battered Iran in the past weeks caused serious flooding in many areas, mainly the provinces of Golestan, Lorestan, Khuzestan, Fars and Ilam, forcing thousands to leave their homes.
In the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, a spring snowfall blanketed most of the cities on Monday.
Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, which has been grappling with flooding and heavy rainfalls over the past weeks, is facing the new threat of dust pollution.
A large dust wave rising from parts of northern Saudi Arabia and south of Iraq, captured by meteorology satellites, is covering Khuzestan in southwest Iran.
Local authorities warned in a statement that dust particles have increased the air pollution index in the province.
In recent years, the border province of Khuzestan has been facing a growing trend in the influx of fine particles, which are generated by drought-hit marshlands in neighboring countries.
The disruptive dust storms have pushed pollution in those border areas to alarming levels, raising health concerns.
The particles, carried by winds, can penetrate the lungs and enter the bloodstream, causing serious diseases such as lung cancer, asthma and heart problems.