Iran: Flash Floods - Jul 2022

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Red Crescent has deployed its relief teams to support flood-affected households in Estahban, Darab and Neyriz in Fars province. According to local officials, 21 people have lost their lives following the massive flood in Estahban. (Iranian Red Crescent, 24 Jul 2022)

Heavy rainfall has been affecting south-western Iran (particularly Fars province) since 22 July, triggering rivers overflow (in particular the Roudbal river) floods and flash floods and that have resulted in casualties and damage. Media report, as of 25 July, 22 fatalities, two persons still missing and around 90 injured people across ten villages in the aforementioned province. The worst affected areas are the villages nearby Estahban city. (ECHO, 25 Jul 2022)

Flash floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains in the early hours of 28 July have left seven dead, nine injured and 19 missing in Imamzadeh Davood, a religious shrine in north-western Tehran. Search and rescue operation by the Iranian Red Crescent Society in Tehran Province has been ongoing with 121 relief workers, 10 rescue dog teams and 20 operational vehicles deployed to rescue the affected households and search for the missing. So far, more than 500 people have been evacuated to safer locations ... Iran’s Meteorological Organization on 27 July declared the highest level of warning for the provinces of Yazd, Sistan and Baluchestan, Kerman, Bushehr and Hormozgan. It is reported that 21 provinces of the country are possible to be affected by heavy rains and floods until Monday, 1 August 2022. Many roads in Sistan and Baluchestan and Kerman Provinces have already been flooded amid the torrential rains. (OCHA, 29 Jul 2022)

Heavy rainfall has been affecting most provinces across the country (24 out 31) since the second half of July, triggering rivers to overflow and causing floods and flash floods that have resulted in casualties and damage. The worst affected provinces are: Tehran, Mazandaran, Lorestan, and Kerman. The media reports, as of 31 July, 69 fatalities, 45 people still missing and more than 6,500 evacuees (over 5,200 of whom are in emergency shelters according to the Iranian Red Crescent). In addition, 20,000 homes have been damaged and tens of thousands of animals and livestock have perished. The Iranian Red Crescent reports to have provided relief services to more than 27,000 flood-affected people across the country. (ECHO, 1 Aug 2022)

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