IRGC spokesman underlines non-stop aerial monitoring of flood-hit areas in Iran

FNA – Head of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Public Relations Department Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said IRGC drones monitor the flood-hit towns and villages as well as areas prone to floods round the clock, adding that the IRGC and Basij (volunteer) forces will remain in the region until the situation is back to normal.

“The IRGC and Basij forces will continue rendering service to our dear countrymen in flooded provinces until their problems are resolved and the situation goes back to normal,” General Sharif said on Sunday.

He added that the IRGC drones precisely monitor the flood-stricken provinces day and night, noting that 270 vessels are also being used in the flooded regions for relief and rescue operations.

General Sharif also said that the IRGC Ground Force has established 3 field hospitals in flooded areas and is using its engineering units to build bridges and water walls and dig canals.

He added that the IRGC has in Golestan province built 19 bridges for the movement of flooded people and aid cargos, noting that the IRGC’s Airborne Unit has also used its helicopters to transfer people and aid and the IRGC Navy has set up a well-equipped field hospital in Hoveizeh region in Southern Iran.

According to General Sharif, Khatam ol-Anbiya Construction Headquarters has also utilized over 400 engineering quipment and machines and over 800 experts to help reconnect the villages and towns whose roads have been destroyed by the devastating flood.

Nearly four weeks 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.

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.

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

According to the forensics officials, the death of the recent floods in Iran has risen to 76.

The IRGC has 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.