Recent heavy rains and a deluge of floods got Iranians by surprise but they highlighted the importance of dams which had become the target of scathing criticism in the face of a lingering drought backlash.
Floods unleased by heavy rain across Iran in recent weeks have caused an estimated $8.3 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and agricultural land, state media cited ministers as telling lawmakers on Sunday.
Iran’s minister of roads and urban development said on Tuesday that recent floods have caused a total of 30,000 billion rials (nearly $715m at the official rate set by the government) damage to the country’s infrastructure including roads and bridges.
A number of foreign media officials and reporters departed Thursday for Iran’s flood-stricken areas to cover the sad incident that claimed lives of at least 19 Iranians, a senior official at National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO) announced.
Afghanistan’s summer harvest will be one of the most critical in years, especially of wheat, its biggest cereal crop, as the country recovers from floods and the worst drought in decades, government and aid organization officials say.
Flash floods and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, killing at least 58 people and leaving thousands homeless, disaster officials said Sunday.