Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

PM offers Iran full humanitarian assistance for flood relief

PM offers Iran full humanitarian assistance for flood relief

Khuzestan has an extensive range of dams, which have swelled upstream due to fresh downpours.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry, together with the Armenian Emergencies Ministry, have begun delivering humanitarian aid to Iran affected by floods, Mehr News Agency reports.

He said: "The great people of Iran will, with unity, empathy and with their coordinated efforts alongside their government, armed forces, and all public, non-governmental and private organizations, and with the help of God, soon not only prevail over the impact of the recent national disaster - building a better future using lessons learned to avoid repetition of catastrophes that have hit the lives and livelihoods of our cherishes citizens - but also overcome the illegal sanctions and vanquish the economic terrorism of the United States, all while registering the malign US behavior in their collective historical memory".

The death toll from the floods has hit 70, while the highest number of casualties occurred in the province of Fars with 21 deaths.

Exceptionally heavy rains since March 19 have flooded some 1,900 cities and villages across Iran, claiming 56 lives, according to Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli, and causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to Iranian agriculture.

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Thousands of people have sheltered for days in the open with little food or warm clothes as the rains have continued.

President Hassan Rouhani, whom critics have accused of mismanaging the response to the disaster, said on Wednesday the sanctions were also hampering aid efforts.

Iranian authorities estimate that at least 70 people have been killed by the ongoing wave of torrential flooding across Iran. As waters continue to submerge villages, the government said it had deployed more mobile medical units to the southern provinces.

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards reiterated the armed forces "were using all their power" to minimise the damage in Khuzestan.

Energy companies in the oil-rich region have helped the relief effort by using pumps to remove water. The crossing, in Miysan province, is one of several with Iran. "During the floods, 200 bridges and 400 kilometres of roads were 100 percent destroyed", Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA) quoted Hassannia as saying.

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