Heavy rains and flash flooding that began in March have affected 28 of 31 provinces across the Islamic Republic of Iran. The flooding has killed 78 people and injured 1,076 people according to the authorities. It is estimated that 10 million people have been affected and that as many as 2 million may be in need of some form of assistance. At least 296,000 people reportedly remain displaced. The widespread damages to the road and transportation network are making villages and small towns inaccessible. While information on humanitarian needs is still limited, the greatest needs are reported to be in the water, sanitation and hygiene, health, shelter and agriculture sectors.
The Government of Iran, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and the local communities are responding to the emergency and the needs of people affected. More than 445,000 people across Iran have been assisted with food, water, shelter and emergency supplies. The Government of Iran has officially indicated that emergency equipment, health supplies and household items are most needed. United Nations is mobilizing support in coordination with the international community. IRCS reports that it has delivered more than 30 million USD in humanitarian assistance, half of which was received from people in Iran.
As of today, Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican have provided relief items to the Government of Iran in support of the response.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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