Torrential rains in Iran have caused rivers to breach their banks, flooding hundreds of cities and villages, submerging homes and triggering landslides. Videos on social media showed people clinging to lampposts and cars as floodwaters surge past them. More than 60 people have been killed, hundreds more are injured and an estimated sixty thousand have lost homes and livelihoods with hospitals and schools in ruins.
The sudden, destructive floods hit the country with little warning and continue to cause devastation. Relief International (RI) works in remote provinces, some of which have been heavily damaged by the flood including Kermanshah and Golestan. In these provinces, RI is still supporting the population in recovery from the massive 2017 earthquake and many families still live in temporary canvas shelter.
Through our emergency response we expect to reach more than ten thousand people at risk in Golestan, Kermanshah and Sistan and Baluchistan. By taking action now, your gift will help provide urgent assistance to the most vulnerable families.
Founded by a group of concerned individuals, Relief International was created in response to the 1990 Manjil-Rudbar earthquake in Iran, the country’s worst natural disaster on record. Today, we remain one of the few international organizations authorized to operate in Iran. Our teams are assessing families’ most urgent needs and, with your help, they will give the opportunity of basic services such as health, education, food security and sanitation to the most vulnerable.
In the coming weeks the flood waters in Iran will clear, revealing the true extent of the damage. Until then, forecasts call for more rain.
Photo: An Iranian family walks through a flooded street in a village around the city of Ahvaz, in Iran's Khuzestan province, on March 31, 2019. MEHDI PEDRAMKHOO/AFP/Getty Images.