Iran Floods Update (DG ECHO, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 07 April 2019)

Iranian authorities have reported 70 deaths as of Sunday resulting from flooding affecting several parts of the country.

Mass evacuations have been ordered in the south-western province of Khuzestan affecting approximately 400 000 people.

The Karkheh Dam, which is at near capacity, was opened to discharge excessive water build-up in an effort to prevent catastrophic failure.

Local media is reporting that more than 12 000km of roads representing a third of the country’s network has been damaged. In addition, over 1 900 villages and cities have experienced flooding with more rainfall predicted today and Monday.

DG ECHO has provided EUR 1.2 million in order to assist people affected by the flooding.