OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Iran - Flash floods
14 August 2002
Flash floods affect north-eastern provinces of Iran
1. Flash floods triggered by torrential rains started affecting several urban and rural areas in Golestan, Khorasan and Semnan provinces in north-eastern Iran on Monday 10 August and have now stopped. The total area of the water basin is 492,000 ha and the maximum input of the river is calculated at 600 cubic meters per second.
2. The flood cut the road links between the affected areas and the rest of the province. Rains also washed away nine of the bridges and other infrastructure that were reconstructed after last year's flood.
3. So far, 25 deaths in Golestan province have been registered. Most of these casualties are the passengers of a bus traveling from Mashad to Babol. The death toll is expected to rise.
4. More than 100,000 people of Gonbad, Kalaleh, Galikhesh and 180 surrounding villages were affected. It is tentatively estimated that 5,000 ha of agricultural fields have been washed away. Financial damages have not been quantified yet. The water network of 50 villages, electricity of 150 villages, telecommunication lines of 40 villages and road connection of 55 villages were cut. Hundreds of houses were damaged. Water of the city of Galikesh with 35,000 inhabitants was also cut off.
5. Exactly a year ago flash floods occurred in the same three areas. Therefore, an early warning of flooding in this area was broadcasted by the national radio and TV and more than 50 times from the provincial media. The road was also closed immediately after the rain started.
6. The Iranian Red Crescent Society and the Provincial Disaster Task Force of the Ministry of Interior (DTF/MOI) carried out search and rescue operation and the affected populations were relocated to safe areas. Relief items such as food and blankets were distributed among the affected population.
7. The Disaster Task Force of the Ministry of Interior reported that construction of roads, water network, telecommunication lines and electricity of affected areas are underway.
8. Currently, the United Nations Field Assessment Team Coordinator is dispatching a Field Assessment Team to assess and verify the damages.
9. No request for international assistance has been received by OCHA to date. OCHA is in contact with the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran who works closely with the Disaster Task Force. OCHA will revert with further information, as it becomes available.
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