Floods hit 24 provinces in Iran, Red Crescent mobilised to serve affected communities

Publié: 6 novembre 2015 11:37 CET

By Soraya Dali-Balta, IFRC

Thunderstorms, heavy rains and floods hit 24 provinces in northern and western Iran in the last week of October, leaving nine people dead and nine others injured. The weather conditions also inflicted great damage in these Iranian provinces, taking a toll on the humanitarian situation of people living there and prompting the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran to adopt immediate measures and deliver urgent relief assistance to the most vulnerable communities.

About 400 National Society teams of 1,800 relief workers and rescuers were mobilised and equipped with 310 vehicles, 50 motor pumps and two helicopters to respond to the emergency situation and offer the much needed aid to the affected communities, reaching more than 17,700 people until now.

Dr Naser Charkhsaz, the head of the Relief and Rescue Organization at the Red Crescent detailed on the operations of the National Society during and in the aftermath of the flooding: “Red Crescent volunteers pumped water out of 1,300 houses and the National Society’s emergency health teams treated 11 people and transferred 93 others to medical centres. Eighteen people trapped under the rubble were also rescued by the volunteers and 39 were evacuated to safer areas.”

Dr Charkhsaz added that the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran provided shelter to 1,400 people affected by the storms and the floods. The Iranian National Society also got involved in the distribution of relief items to people in the flood-hit areas, and these items included 180 tents, 5,400 blankets, 1,900 mats, 570 kitchen sets, 500 heaters, 2,400 parcels of canned food, 10,000 loaves of bread and 4,300 bottles of water. 8,500 kilograms of relief consignments were also dispatched to flood-hit areas. Meanwhile, the Red Crescent’s emergency response teams are still actively carrying out relief operations in the provinces of Ilam, Lorestan and Kerman.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a country prone to natural disasters, be it earthquakes, snowstorms, floods, unseasonable rains or other phenomena. In this light, the Red Crescent society managed to strengthen, improve and develop its emergency response capacities to meet the needs arising from these devastating events.