Heavy rains and flash floods hit over 2000 cities in 25 provinces across Iran in March resulting the death of 70 individuals and 1,076 injured in Fars, Golestan, Mazandaran, North Khorasan, Kohkilooyeh & Boyerahmad, Kermanshah, Khuzestan, Semnan, Ilam, Lorestan and Hamedan provinces, according to the officials. It is estimated that 2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Over half a million are reported displaced. Roads, villages and some cities are inaccessible and many infrastructures have been destroyed. The most urgent needs are household items and relief equipment including amphibious electro pump, water rescue equipment, sludge pump, water pump, ambulance, tent, ground sheet, hygiene kits, blanket, kitchen set and food items to be locally purchased.
The government, Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and local communities are responding to the flood affected people. Over 332,000 individuals have been assisted and more than 160,000 persons are provided with temporary shelters. The National Society has established 2,500 collection points for public donations throughout the country. NS volunteers are active in packing the relief items to be distributed among the affected people. The National Disaster Management Organization is coordinating the overall operation in both national and local levels. Movement partners have donated food and non-food items in coordination with the NS.