Continued heavy rains and flash flooding have severely damaged infrastructure and agriculture in more than half of Iran’s provinces and have opened up a humanitarian crisis with an estimated two million people in need of assistance. Relief International (RI) is on the ground in Golestan, Sistan Baluchistan, Kermanshah and Lorestan provinces where we are targeting the most vulnerable communities to provide, and determine, immediate needs, including the provision of hygiene kits and temporary education.
In Lorestan province alone over 300,000 people have been affected and over 800 schools destroyed or damaged. Some towns and villages have been completely wiped out or remain partially submerged in what is now a mixture of stagnant water and raw sewage, provoking concern for a possible outbreak of bacterial and other waterborne diseases such as cholera. With hundreds of thousands of livestock killed and crops washed away, there are also serious concerns for both food security and livelihoods.
This week in Golestan our teams will distribute hundreds of hygiene kits which include essential items such as soap, toothbrushes, diapers, sanitary pads, and water containers. In the coming weeks, we plan to provide over 2000 families with instant cash assistance to help address their immediate needs. We will target those most vulnerable, many of whom were already in need and whose situation has now been exacerbated by the floods.
As we continue to carry out assessments for urgent aid in Sistan and Baluchestan this week, and our minds are also turning to longer-term development work which will be needed to help empower local communities to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Please donate to our Iran appeal today and help us to provide emergency support and planned longer-term assistance.