IRGC vows to raise hope, morale in flood-hit regions

FNA – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps pledged to boost hope and raise morale among the people of the flood-hit regions in Iran with offering food, relief aid, and housing to restore normalcy to everyday life in the battered cities.

Deputy Commander of Neynava Division of the IRGC Colonel Seyed Mousa Hosseini said this morning that he is proud of the IRGC that has been offering aid to flood stricken compatriots since the very early days of the disaster, reassuring that the entity will continue its helps and support for the victims of the natural disaster to fully restore the normal status of life in the battered regions.

Neynava Division of the IRGC is stationed and headquartered in Golsetan province.

He added that so far 65,328 victims of flood in Aqqala County have been treated at Shahid Shoushtari field hospital which was set up by the IRGC Ground Force in the region.

Hosseini went on recounting that the specialized hospital of the IRGC’s Navy has also offered medical and clinical services to more than 13,000 victims of the flood in Siminshahr and Golmishan.

“In the engineering sector, the IRGC’s Brigade 45 of Engineers built 20 bridges on the road between Gomishan to Bandar Turkmen in less than 60 hours,” he said, adding that the Brigade built the bridge connecting Aqqala to Gorgan in less than 6 hours.

Twenty days after the start of the unprecedented heavy rains and floods in Iran, many dams in the country are swelling with rising rivers.

In Isfahan province near the borders with Markazi and Lorestan provinces, Golpayegan Dam was announced full on March 31 and the people residing in the areas near the downstream of the dam were ordered to evacuate their homes and keep distance from areas on the river banks.

In Khuzestan province, Karkheh Dam has been discharging water in the past week to manage the huge amount of inflow it is receiving due to heavy rains in Lorestan, Khuzestan, and Kuhkiluyeh and Buyerahmad provinces.

Popular rescue teams are formed in all major cities of the country, dispatching units of relief providers to flood-hit areas.

A 90 strong rescue team made up of volunteers was dispatched from West Azerbaijan province this morning.

Many state and private sector staff, clerks and workers have donated part of their monthly salaries to fund relief aid to flood-stricken compatriots.

On Monday, the Pakistani government sent two C-130 cargo planes of humanitarian aid to Iran.

Also on Tuesday, Head of the Planning and Budget Organization of Iran Mohammad Baqer Nobakht announced that the organization has so far paid 56 billion rials to the local governments in flood hit provinces to take care of problems caused by the recent disasters.

Many cities have also been on alert ready for any possible problem after the downpours in the current week.

Vahid Banayee, Mayor of Malekan city in East Azerbaijan province, told the media today that all the necessary steps have been taken in preparation for any possible problem in the face of swelling water of the Mardoq Chai River passing under the Jabirand Bridge of the city.

He also said that since last week, the municipality has erected 100 meters of flood wall along the passage of the river in the central parts of the city.

Seyed Hossein Razavinasab, the Managing Director of the Water Management Company of Tehran Province, said that torrential rains have increased

“Considering the preemptive measures and due to early preparations, the quintuplet dams around the capital city of Tehran are enjoying good conditions, and have controlled the heavy inflow of flooding waters successfully,” he added.

The official went on saying that an additional 260,000,000 cubic meters of capacity has been emptied from the dams of the province to contain any possible torrential inflow in the next round of the precipitations.

In Hamedan province, the local officials announced that 22,000 water management constructions in the province helped Hamedan to survive the recent torrential rains in the country without any damage to infrastructures or any human casualties.

Head of Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) in Amol county of Mazandaran province Hossein Qorbani said on Monday that the IKRF have collected more than 2 billion rials of helps from the people of the county since the start of the floods in late March.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced that since the start of the tragedy in the Northern provinces of the country, Iranians have put more than 140,000,000,000 rials into the accounts of the IRCS.

Ruhollah Soleymani, the Head of Fatemeh Zahra mobile Hospital of Kerman, affiliated to the Ground Force of Iran’s Army, said that 8 buses of the hospital with their full clinical capacity and along with 60 personnel have been dispatched to Khuzestan province to help the flood-stricken people of the region.

An hour earlier, Commander of the Iranian Air Force Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said that the force transported a 60-ton cargo of relief aid to Ahvaz, the capital city of Khuzestan province, on Tuesday. He recounted that the force has transported 265 tons of cargos to flood-hit areas in the past 10 days.

He also added that 500 students of the Air Force’s Shahid Sattari academy have been mobilized to the flood hit areas.

The tragedy started in the four Northern provinces of Mazandaran, Golestan, Semnan and North Khorassan on March 20. Thirty provinces of Iran have been hit by severe weather conditions since then.