At least 42 people have been killed and many others are missing after heavy rain caused massive floods and landslides in Iran’s northwest provinces with some seeing water levels not seen in the past 40 years.
Major flooding triggered by heavy rains in these provinces flooded houses and swept away cars after rivers burst their banks. Areas around Ajabshir and Azar-Shahr, both in East Azerbaijan Province, have been worst hit.
Esma’eel Najjar, the head of the country’s Crisis Management Organization was quoted by local media as saying that 20 deaths occurred in the village of Chinar in Ajabshir and 22 in Azar-Shahr, both in East Azerbaijan Province. A further 5 deaths were reported in Kurdistan Province (1 in Nanur, 4 in Saqqez) and one fatality in West Azerbaijan Province.
Mr. Morteza Salimi, Head of Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent announced that 1,860 people have benefited from the relief and rescue services, and 288 people were provided with emergency sheltering following torrential rains and flooding that began on Friday.
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) reports that the Iranian Red Crescent as well as air ambulances, police and the army have been deployed to assist in search and rescue and relief efforts.