The Islamic Republic of Iran is not only facing the difficult scenario caused by the spread of the CCP Virus, which has currently infected 29,406 people, but is also being plagued by weather conditions.
In the last few day, heavy floods in several provinces in the south of Iran have left 12 dead and 17 injured, according to an announcement by the Iranian Emergency Medical Service on Monday, March 23.
According to the Iranian news portal IFP, with the arrival of spring rains the rivers in the provinces of Hormozgan, Fars, Bushehr, Qom, Gilan, Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan have reached their maximum flow, leading to sudden overflows.
For the time being, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) along with some other organizations are implementing rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected provinces.
According to the Tasnim News Agency, persistent rains in the south of the country forced authorities in several cities to declare a state of emergency and order the evacuation of people in residential areas.
The governor of the port city of Chabahar, located in the extreme southeast of Iran, stated that the rains in the last 24 hours have also caused considerable damage to the region’s urban and rural infrastructure.
As indicated by Tasnim, last week the Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian, indicated that the necessary preparations to face the emergency have been carried out, taking into account weather predictions, which announced more of the same.
Meanwhile, the current catastrophe in the country as the pandemic progresses has resulted in 2,077 deaths and the recovery of 9,625 others. Despite the fact that the country’s health authorities imposed a restriction on domestic travel because of the current emergency, some people did not comply with the order.
“Unfortunately some Iranians have ignored advice from Health Ministry officials and traveled during the New Year holidays. (…) This could cause a second wave of the coronavirus,” the health spokesman said during a televised address.