0150 GMT February 23, 2020
Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri on Monday ordered aid organizations to mobilize all facilities to render services to flood-stricken people in the country’s south.
Jahangiri issued instructions after he was briefed on the latest situation in the provinces of Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan and Hormozgan, IRNA reported.
The VP urged provincial governors to do their best to provide essential aid and to repair roads so that relief assistance could reach remote villages as well.
Sistan and Baluchestan Province was affected in the most severe way due to record rainfall in years, which started on Thursday.
Heavy rainfall has caused seasonal rivers to inundate towns, causing extensive damage to infrastructure and homes.
Morteza Salimi, the head of Rescue and Relief Organization of Iran, said one person has died and several others have been wounded while another person remains missing.
At least 1,248 people trapped in the floods were rescued in some 40 town and villages in Sistan and Baluchestan.
The unprecedented flash floods have hit 350 villages in recent days, damaging thousands of residential buildings.
Severe flooding in Sistan and Baluchestan caused damage to more than 20,000 residential buildings, Abbas-Ali Arjmandi, director-general of the provincial Crisis Management Center said on Sunday.
The flash floods also blocked rural roads leading to more than 500 villages and closed schools, Arjmandi said.
He added that heavy rains in southern areas of the province triggered flooding, which have also caused blackouts in several villages in the southeastern province.
Also, floods in Kerman Province blocked roads between 363 villages, Majid Saeidi, head of the provincial crisis management center said on Sunday.
In the southern province of Hormozgan, four villages were evacuated in the city of Jask on Saturday to prevent casualties.
On March 19, heavy downpours swept the country, with raging currents battering houses, washing away cars and killing scores of people countrywide.
The rainfalls eventually caused rivers to burst their banks triggering the worst flooding in decades in 25 of the country’s 31 provinces.
According to estimates, the deluges caused an estimated $2.9 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and farmland. They 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 nearly 80 people and destroyed over 25,000 houses around the country.