For almost two weeks, floods have devastated the poverty-stricken province of Sistan and Baluchestan in southeast Iran, causing an estimated one billion dollars worth of damage, with the local people not even able to afford food and water.
Many are suffering from more dire weather conditions, like severe mist, freezing temperatures, and snowfall. Some are even taking shelter in trees to avoid floodwaters.
Unprecedented #floods in Sistan Baluchestan, Hormozgan &Kerman provinces, south &southeast #Iran have ravages cities&villages in some of the most impoverished regions of Iran.#IranFloods Ravage Southeast #Iran,Killing 4 ppl https://t.co/wmulD8q6MZ#IranRegimechange#FreeIran2020 — NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) January 16, 2020
Yet, the Iranian Regime has seen fit to divert millions of dollars to terrorists rather than the people of the region. The regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, spent over $600,000 for the funeral of terrorist Qassem Soleimani, while the Iranian parliament sent $220m from the National Development Fund to the terrorist Quds forces.
Eight days after the floods hit, the regime’s president Hassan Rouhani visited the province, where he became the subject of local ire because the regime was doing nothing to help the people.
One local said: “There are no water purification centers here, no plumbing. Whatever facilities there are have been built thirty years ago.”
Reports say that:
- 40% of houses in the province were destroyed
- At least 20,000 homes have suffered over 20% damages
- 870 villages are still cut off from each other because of road and bridges being underwater or damaged
- The agriculture sector has suffered $100m, with livestock having died and fruit gardens sunk under mud
- Thousands of people have been displaced
The floods were caused by heavy rainfall in southern Iran, particularly in the Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces, but the majority of the damage could have been avoided.
The Iranian regime has taken no measures to mitigate the damage from the flood and to protect the people of the region. Even after the flood-hit the region, Iranian authorities have not engaged in relief efforts.#Iranhttps://t.co/WNMitctU4E — People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) January 18, 2020
Resalat state-run newspaper wrote on January 18 that the General Manager of Meteorology had repeatedly warned authorities about the overflow of dams, but the local Water Organization did not empty the dams, leading to their overthrow.
While Iranian regime state-run website Khabar Fori wrote on January 20: “Analysis shows that overflow of four dams in flood-affected areas of Sistan and Baluchestan and the negligence in watershed management projects played a major role in the damage increase.”
They quoted a regime’s member of the High Council of Provinces, Shahbakhsh Goorgij, as saying: “In 2007-2008, the Guno Storm destroyed the region’s dam. While the dam could be reconstructed in a week, but the government has not repaired it after 13 years. This dam could decrease by 70 percent of the damages.”
Similar floods hit north Iran in early spring 2019, with significantly more casualties and damage, but the base reason for the floods was the same: the regime’s mismanagement.