Iran - Floods UPDATE (DG ECHO, Iranian Red Crescent, IFRC, Copernicus EMS, NOAA, IRIMO, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 16 April 2019)

  • 12 million people have been affected by unprecedented floods, the worst disaster to hit the country in 15 years. 2 000 cities and towns are impacted across almost all 31 provinces.
  • Two million people need humanitarian aid, including more than 500 000 that have been displaced. Another three million need health care. At least 78 people have been killed and more than 1 136 injured.
  • The National Disaster Management Authority reports more than USD 1 billion in damage to agriculture, infrastructure and historical sites. It has provided 32 tonnes of humanitarian aid, while the Iranian Red Crescent Society has assisted 457 000 people and established 94 Emergency Camps.
  • The IFRC announced an emergency appeal for CHF 5.1 million. WHO has airlifted lifesaving medical supplies and will continue to provide healthcare. Concerns are increasing over water and vector borne diseases, including malaria and cholera.
  • The European Commission provided EUR 1.2 million in humanitarian financing to the response. The European Civil Protection Mechanism was also activated and offers of in-kind assistance from Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Italy and Slovakia have started arriving in Iran. The European Commission's Copernicus emergency satellite mapping service has also produced 14 maps of affected areas.