Iran is facing a massive crisis as the Golestan floods, which started on the 19th of March, have displaced tens of thousands of people. The flooding started due to heavy rain. Power was cut in many of the villages as a safety measure. Despite that, 60,000 people are displaced from their homes. At least 10,000 are in emergency shelter.
Flash flooding in Shiraz killed at least 20 people and injured over a hundred people. Many people are declared missing. The cities of Gorgan, Bandar Turkman, Azad Shahr, Aq Ghala, Gonbad-e Kavus, bandar-e Gaz, Ali Abad, Kalaleh, Kordkuy, and Minodaasht were affected.
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On April 7th, the Iranian government announced over 70 deaths related to the floods. Mass evacuations in the south-western province of Khuzestan have affected over 400,000 people. Local news report that over 12,000 km of road has been damaged, which will cripple the country’s infrastructure. $150 million of damage has been caused to the roads, farmland and infrastructure.
As of the 9th of April, 55 schools in Lorestan and 22 schools in Golestan have been destroyed. The Karkheh Dam was earlier opened up to release excess water in order to avoid catastrophic failure now poses a flooding risk once more.
A total of 1,900 cities and villages have been affected, with Lorestan, Khuzestan and Golestan being impacted the worst. Six cities and over 200 villages have been evacuated while heavy rain continues in the southern region of Iran.