20,000 Homes Damaged in Iran Flash Floods

20,000 Homes Damaged in Iran Flash Floods
20,000 Homes Damaged in Iran Flash Floods

More than 20,000 homes have been damaged by a wave of flash floods that swept through Iran last week, early assessments were announced by a senior official at the National Disaster Management Organization on Sunday.
“Some 13,000 of the homes need repairs and 7,000 require complete reconstruction,” Nejad Jahani was quoted as saying by ISNA. 
Monsoon rains and landslides hit 24 provinces across Iran last week, killing 69 people and leaving dozens missing, according to the latest update provided by NDMO. 
Noting that six of those who died were Iraqi nationals, Jahani said, “Based on recent statistics, 45 are still missing and three of them are Iraqi citizens.”
The number of flood-hit residents that required relief and rescue rose to 37,500 on Sunday, head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society’s Relief and Rescue Organization, Mahdi Valipour, stated. 
The flood crisis was still ongoing in 15 of the provinces struck by torrential rain, Valipour pointed out. 
“Emergency shelters have been provided for 6,000 people, the majority in provinces Isfahan and Sistan-Baluchestan,” he added. 
Valipour said that over 1,080 cities, villages and counties were affected by floodwaters and 1,600 had been rescued and transported via air or land to safe locations. 
Local authorities are still assessing the damage caused by the summer deluge to roads, farms, infrastructure and dozens of vehicles that were washed away by the natural disaster. 
Most of the residents who died in the recent heavy rains were from the province of Tehran (32), followed by Khorasan Razavi (7) and Mazandaran (6). 
This year’s heavier-than-usual monsoon season has wreaked havoc on many Asian nations in recent weeks, striking Pakistan, India and the United Arab Emirates among many others. 
The monsoon season usually lasts from mid-June to September. 

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