News ID: 253047
Published: 0200 GMT May 19, 2019

ICRC earmarks 400,000 euros to help flood-hit Iranians

ICRC earmarks 400,000 euros to help flood-hit Iranians

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it has allocated 400,000 euros to support the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) as well as the people affected by the recent flash floods.

The ICRC mission head in Iran Mark Acherman said 100,000 euros have been allocated to help Iran’s Red Crescent while the remaining 300,000 euros has been earmarked to help the flood-stricken Iranians, IRNA reported. 

“These amounts will be delivered to the IRCS in the coming weeks,” said Acherman.

The United Nations' Resident Coordinator and Representative of Secretary General in Iran Ugochi Daniels also expressed the UN determination to continue to offer long-term and short-term aid for flood-hit people in Iran.

“We are strongly committed to multilateralism and the UN will continue to engage with the international community to support the government of Iran and people in need,” she said in an exclusive interview with IRNA.

The floods caused by flash rains in various parts of Iran in March and early April claimed the lives of 80 people and inflicted huge damages on the country’s infrastructures.

Two million people were affected by the unprecedented floods in decades which have destroyed houses in several cities and forced hundreds of thousands to take shelter in tents.

On March 19, massive downpours began sweeping the country, with raging currents of water battering houses, washing away cars and killing people in a few provinces.

The intense rainfalls eventually caused rivers to burst their banks triggering the worst flooding in decades in 25 of the country’s 31 provinces.

According to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, the flooding caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and farmland. It affected 4,400 villages, damaged 14,000 kilometers of roads and destroyed more than 700 bridges.

Estimates by government agencies suggest that the floods have taken the lives of 80 people and destroyed over 25,000 houses around the country.




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