Massive damage to agricultural sector, 36 percent of roads damaged, more than 60 people dead, Iran

Massive damage to agricultural sector, 36 percent of roads damaged, more than 60 people dead, Iran

Heavy rain and floods affecting Iran since March 19, 2019 caused massive damage to the country's agricultural sector, damaged 36% of the entire road network and left at least 62 people dead, as of April 4, 2019.

According to information provided by official sources, flooding has caused at least 47 trillion rials (about $350 million USD) to the country's agricultural sector.

While the government assures flood-affected farmers that all losses will be compensated, speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, said the new year budget would not suffice to cover the damages.

36% of the country's entire road network has been damaged, 84 bridges and nearly 2 200 rural roads washed away.

"Across 15 provinces, 141 rivers burst their banks and around 400 landslides were reported," a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Organisation, told state TV.

About 1 900 cities and villages have been affected in 25 of Iran's 31 provinces.

At least 62 people have been killed so far and 86 000 people moved to emergency shelters.

Authorities say they are dealing with extreme flooding and heavy rainfall which at times equaled more than half of the annual average within 24 hours. 

Golestan Province, for example, received 70% of its annual rainfall in just one day. This is unprecedented for the past 300 years, IFRC said.

Featured image credit: PressTV


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Alan 2 years ago

That such a disaster be used to further sanctions against civilians because a country wishes to control another is deplorably cruel.

mark mulligan 2 years ago

This would be a perfect opportunity to patch things up with the Iranian people (there is no real quarrel between them and us) and circumvent its less and less responsive leadership. Any attempt by them to block our aid (like in Venezuela) would weaken them that much more in the Iranian people's eyes. How many of our Mid-East problems would shrink if Iran and the U.S.A. were allies once again: the natural state of geo-political affairs for a majority of American history?

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