Iran Floods Update (DG ECHO, Iranian Red Crescent, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 09 April 2019)

Severe flooding in several provinces of Iran since mid-March, has left 70 people dead. 110 000 are displaced, 30 000 in Khuzestan Province. As of 9 April at 8.00 UTC, 1 900 cities have been affected, with Lorestan, Khuzestan and Golestan the worst impacted provinces. 77 schools have been destroyed (55 in Lorestan and 22 in Golestan).

There is a significant risk of additional flooding from Karkheh dam (Khuzestan Province). Six cities and 210 villages have been evacuated, 61 of which have been flooded.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast in southern provinces, moderate rain in north-western provinces.

An official request for assistance was issued by the Iranian authorities on 8 April through the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism, consisting of health, water and sanitation, shelte, non-food items and rescue equipment.

The European Commission announced an initial amount of EUR 1.2 million in response to the floods.