Rising floodwaters force more evacuations in Iran

Rising floodwaters force more evacuations in Iran

Rising floodwaters force more evacuations in Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said last week that U.S. sanctions - reimposed after Washington quit a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers - were impeding aid efforts to flood-stricken towns and villages.

As waters continue to submerge villages, the government said it had deployed more mobile medical units to the southern provinces.

About 1,900 cities and villages have been affected by floods after exceptionally heavy rains since March 19.

"2,199 rural roads and 84 bridges have been washed away", said Behnam Saeedi, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Organisation.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said flooding might affect about 400,000 people in Khuzestan out of more than 4.7 million residents of the province.

A dozen helicopters were dispatched last week to flooded area around Lorenstan to assess damage and rescue trapped people who'd become trapped.

The US campaign of so-called maximum pressure on Iran "is impeding aid efforts by #IranianRedCrescent to all communities devastated by unprecedented floods", he wrote in a tweet.

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said the armed forces were "using all their power" to minimise damage.

"These floods once again show the level of Iranian regime mismanagement in urban planning and in emergency preparedness", he said in a statement.

The foreign minister responded by taking a shot at the US relief efforts from hurricanes Harvey, Michael and Florence and Maria.

The speaker of Iran's Parliament, Ali Larijani on Saturday reiterated Tehran's accusations that the United States is hindering the delivery of relief aid from the International Red Cross to Iran's Red Crescent Society. All in all 20 out of Iran's 31 provinces reported casualties from the floods.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said, "We stand in full solidarity with the Iranian people at this hard time".

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