Iran - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published

Ref. 99/0101
Iran - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
5 August 1999


1. Following the heavy floods of 25 and 26 July 1999 in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran, the Disaster Task Force (DTF) of the Ministry of Interior has released the following information on the impact of the disaster:

Loss or damage
Financial impact
Human losses
37 persons dead,
14 missing,
100 people injured
Damage to housing
4,000 houses and shops suffered damage between 30 and 100 %
IRR 130 billion
(USD 16.3 million)
Area affected
3 cities and 105 villages of the Mazandaran Province
Damage to agriculture
8,900 ha of farmland (rice, cotton and sunflowers) destroyed
300 wells/pumps destroyed
400 tobacco drying units destroyed
520 annual farms affected
IRR 36 billion
(USD 4.5 million)
Damage to infrastructure
556 km of roads and railroads
100 km water/irrigation network and 120 irrigation gates
50 educational and administration units
72 bridges
10 km of water, electricity and gas networks
30 km of river heavily sedimented or changed course
35 km of city streets and alleys
IRR 176 billion
(USD 22.1 million)

Total economic losses
IRR 342 billion
(USD 43 million)
2. Golestan Province and the northern part of Khorasan Province have been flooded on Tuesday 27 July as rains moved to the east. Extensive physical damage is reported although not yet quantified. No loss of life is reported.

National Response

3. The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran has visited the affected area and expressed his condolences for the loss of life. He urged the nation to provide assistance to the affected population. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has stated that it would accept voluntary international humanitarian assistance to support the victims of the disaster. The preferred modality of assistance is cash contributions as most items can be purchased locally.

4. The relief operation continues with the help of thousands of relief volunteers and Basij (militia), utilizing a number of helicopters and hundreds of trucks. Most of the impacted population is accommodated in schools and mosques while suitable land areas are being identified to initiate a house reconstruction initiative. The water system has been repaired. In Neka, gas, communication and electricity networks have been reconnected up to 90 per cent. About 70 per cent of mud has been removed.

5. Relief items distributed include 200 MT of bread, 35 MT of rice, sugar, tea, oil, dates and canned fruits. In addition, 7,000 boxes of detergents, 15,000 cubes of soap, 11,100 blankets, 1,300 lanterns and 4,500 floor mats are being delivered to the affected population.

International Response

6. In addition to what has been reported in the OCHA Situation Report No.2, UNICEF has provided USD 50,000 for the purchase of supplies related to water and sanitation. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has allocated USD 50,000 towards rehabilitation of medical services in the area. The Government of Denmark, through its Embassy in Tehran, has provided USD 30,000 for relief assistance.

7. OCHA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. Funds should be transferred to OCHA account No. CO-590.160.0, Swift code: UBSWCHZH12A at the UBS AG, P.O. Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: OCHA - Iran - Floods. OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

8. Donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, of bilateral relief missions /pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

9. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Tehran to monitor the development of the situation.

10. This situation report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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