Flood Strikes Iran's Southeastern Province

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 11:15

Heavy rains, which started on January 9, caused flash flooding in Sistan-Baluchistan province as well as in adjacent provinces of Kerman and Hormozgan.

According to an ISCA report, unprecedented floods have destroyed the province's infrastructure, blocked roads and damaged 20,000 houses.

Five hundred villages were affected and thousands of homes destroyed or damaged in the southeastern province, IRNA reported, adding that 285 families were given emergency shelter in Red Crescent tents.

"More than 20,000 people in villages of Sistan-Baluchistan province have lost their homes because of flooding or are surrounded by water," Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi was quoted as saying.

Unprecedented floods have destroyed the province's infrastructure, blocked roads and damaged 20,000 houses. They have also killed more than 7,000 livestock and washed away what farmers had planted in their lands.

Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami says flooding has inflicted damages on roads, bridges and waterways of the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province worth 7,000 billion rials ($53 million).

“Over 800 rural roads were either damaged or washed away by torrential rains, but thanks to the efforts and dedication of road workers and the use of 375 heavy vehicles, all but 30 roads have reopened. All major thoroughfares are open and most secondary roads have been repaired,” he declared.

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