Iran Suffers Third Wave of Floods in Two Weeks
By Staff Writer
Iran suffered its third wave of flash floods in two weeks on Monday, with a western province submerged as heavy rains caused rivers and dams to overflow. So far, 56 villages around the Dez and Karkheh rivers have been evacuated.
Video clips shared on social media showed floodwaters engulfing several towns in Lorestan province, with one clip showing a house collapsing under the weight of raging water in Pol Dokhtar and one showing houses submerged almost up to their roofs in Mamulan.
Conversation between child and mother while watching floods engulf homes in Lorestan, #Iran.— Adena Nima (@AdenaNima) April 2, 2019
- Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom...
- Which one is our house?
- I don't know if its under water. It's one of the homes in the middle.#IranFloods pic.twitter.com/GT8hEx0EOU
Floods first hit in northeastern Iran on March 19, then in western and southwestern Iran on March 25. The Regime reports that 44 people have been killed, but local people have counted over 200 so far.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said that the floods have engulfed 400 towns and villages in 15 provinces, with around 60,000 families forced to evacuate. While the state-run IRNA news agency quoted an Iranian provincial housing affairs official as saying that at least 25,000 homes have been destroyed.
In response, some authorities have ordered the dredging of dams and reservoirs, but this has only caused floods to hit other areas of the province, but it’s worth noting that these disasters are the result of 40 years of the mullahs’ disregard for the environment.
A slap in the face
One senior Iranian parliamentarian even claimed that the floods could be “spiritually evolving” for those who have lost everything, which was nothing but a slap in the face to those who have lost relatives, friends, homes, and businesses.
Ali Motaheri, the Second Deputy of the Parliament of Iran, wrote on Instagram: “How we handle these natural disasters in terms of perseverance, patience, resiliency and not showing ingratitude (towards God) can be spiritually evolving for people, especially for the flood-stricken people.”
Many Iranians condemn the Regime for being slow to react and refusing to help rescue victims, provide shelter, or distribute aid that is being held at the regime’s Red Crescent warehouses.
Motaheri claimed to have been involved in a Crisis Management meeting, saying that the authorities had made “great efforts” to manage the crisis and dismissed any idea that the deaths were preventable. However, the Regime has been managing the crisis by sending in security forces to keep protest at bay, rather than aid workers with food and medicine.
Some Iranian officials have claimed that limited resources are preventing them from handling the crisis, but this is because the Regime has consistently plundered the Iranian people’s wealth and used it to line their own pockets or pay their proxy militants.