News ID: 264511
Published: 0341 GMT January 18, 2020

Rouhani vows compensation during visit to flooded areas in SE Iran

Rouhani vows compensation during visit to flooded areas in SE Iran

President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday inspected damage caused by floods in southeastern Iran and pledged compensation to all the affected.

Rouhani took several ministers with him to Sistan and Baluchestan Province where he told the flood-hit people of a village that the government will spare no effort in helping them.

“We are all standing by your side, we will resolve your problems and we will not forget about you,” Rouhani told a crowd of villagers near the port city of Chabahar.

The president said the government will compensate all those who have sustained damage to their houses, businesses and farms and will rebuild all roads and bridges destroyed in deluge.

Iran’s Red Crescent Society, military forces as well as governmental organizations rushed to help the people after heavy downpours, which started on Jan. 9, caused devastating floods in Sistan and Baluchestan Province and the nearby provinces of Kerman and Hormozgan.

The floods have inflicted massive damage on villages, roads, infrastructure and agricultural areas, especially in Sistan and Baluchestan. The closure of the roads has slowed relief efforts.

Unprecedented flooding in those regions displaced thousands and killed at least one person since last Thursday.

Most parts of the cities of Chabahar, Nikshahr, Dalghan, Konarak, and Sarbaz in the southeastern province were affected by floodwaters and their communication was cut off.

Rouhani said electricity was restored to all villages in the province.  

More than 500 villages and 14 towns have been affected by the inundations and 20,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed in Sistan and Baluchestan alone.

Rescue teams used boats and helicopters to provide relief after floodwaters cut off road access to urban areas of Hormozgan, Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan.

The latest flood disaster is the worst in Iran since at least 80 people were killed across 20 provinces last April.








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