Iran: The Flood Is Over but the Unemployment Crisis Is Not
By Mohammad Sadat Khansari
It’s been one and a half months since the floods, but the horrific consequences on Iran’s economy and employment is still ongoing.
According to the estimation of state experts, nearly 10 thousand factories have been damaged, and 30,000 jobs lost.
What’s awaiting the affected workers and farmers?
The floods have reportedly damaged many industries, mines, and businesses across 25 provinces.
According to the Iranian regime’s minister of Rouhani’s administration (Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli), the cost of these damages lies somewhere between 30-35 billion Toman.
ILNA reports: “the floods have caused more damage to the farmers of Golestan, Lorestan, and Khuzestan, than anywhere else in the country”.
Mahmoud Hojjati, minister of farming, has estimated the damages to be around 13 thousand billion Toman.
The regime’s Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare has emphasised that only those who previously paid for unemployment rights will be able to claim benefit from their insurance; he also promised that those who were on short-term contracts will be assisted to some extent; but according to reports, they haven’t even been contacted yet.
Farmers struggling more than ever
According to Mohammad Biranvand, the representative of Khorram Abad, floods have severely damaged the gardens, lands, and roughly 1300 pumping stations in Lorestan.
Farshid Yazdani (an expert on Social Support) has told ILNA: “many of the villages are un-insured, so their residents will struggle with claiming their unemployment rights now”.
The floods have ended but their consequences have not; the regime is yet to devise an effective plan for managing the damages and has made no progress whatsoever in resolving the unemployment issue. Many people are understandably getting frustrated given the hopelessness of current situation.