Following the devastating floods which struck parts of Iran and left 70 people dead, several countries and international humanitarian bodies have started dispatching their aid cargos to the crisis-hit areas of Iran.
A high representative of the European Union Commission said the commission is set to donate €1.2 million for the flood-hit people.
In a tweet, Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, expressed sympathy with the Iranians hit by the floods and said, “Following the severe floods in Iran we are allocating an initial amount of €1.2 million in emergency support to assist the most vulnerable communities. We stand in full solidarity with the Iranian people at this difficult time.”
On the other hand, the European Commission Spokesman Carlos Martin Ruiz said the EU’s aid convoys will be sent to Iran through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He underlined that unlike other EU’s humanitarian aid, the convoys don’t serve as a political aid.
German Red Crescent Society Sends Rescue Boats, Equipment
Germany’s ambassador to Iran said on his Twitter account that a charter flight carrying humanitarian aid has landed in Tehran. The aid from Germany includes 40 rescue boats as well as other safety equipment.
France Prepared to Dispatch Aid to Flood-Hit Iranians
The French embassy in Tehran said given the severity of the recent floods in Iran, France is determined to contribute to efforts to cope with the disaster by delivering rescue equipment to the Iranian Red Crescent Society in the coming days.
In a post on its twitter account, the embassy said the equipment includes 114 water pump, 300 cooking tools and 5,000 blankets.
Armenia Prepared to Send Aid to Friendly Nation of Iran
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also expressed his sympathy with Iranian government and nation in a tweet, saying the casualties of the latest deluges in the friendly country of Iran has deeply shocked the Armenians. He also said Armenia ready to send aid to Iran.
Switzerland to Send Two Water Purifiers
Switzerland Foreign Ministry said the country will dispatch two water purifiers to flood-hit areas in Iran. Each one of the purifiers enjoys the capacity to purify water for at least five thousand people.
Norway Says Sanctions Hampering Aid Operations
Norwegian ambassador to Tehran Lars Nordengren expressed his sympathy with the flood-hit Iranians. During his visit to a Red Crescent branch in northern Tehran, the ambassador held talks with the Iranian and international figures involved in aid efforts for flood-hit areas.
During the talks, he said his country is seeking to send humanitarian aid to Iran through Norwegian humanitarian associations.
He also touched on the impacts of the US sanctions on humanitarian aid to Iran and said the sanctions have hampered the flow of aid. He underlined that this is the people of Iran particularly the flood-hit people who are bearing the burden of the restrictions.
British Red Crescent Ready to Help Flood-Hit Iranians
In a post in his twitter account, Iran’s ambassador to UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, said the UK Red Crescent Society has expressed its preparedness to contribute to aid efforts in Iran.
He said the society has told Iran’s embassy in London that it is totally prepared to immediately dispatch basic goods for flood-hit people of Iran after receiving the list of needed items.
Turkey Expresses Sympathy with Flood-Hit Iranians
Turkey’s Red Crescent Society is among other Red Crescent centres in the world which expressed solidarity with the survivors of the floods and expressed its readiness to play a role in the current aid operations.
In a message, the society said it has already dispatched at least five trucks of humanitarian aid including blankets, make-shift tents, cooking tools and so on to Iran. The trucks arrived at Iran’s border on Friday.
Azerbaijan, Afghanistan Rush to Help Iranians
In a message, Novruz Aslanov, Head of Azerbaijan’s Red Crescent Society, expressed condolences over the deaths of tens of Iranians in the deadly floods. Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s Red Crescent Society also expressed sympathy with the Iranian nation, even though his own country had been hit by a severe flood, which killed dozens of people.
In a tweet, Iranian Red Crescent Society Chief, Ali Asghar Peyvandi, paid gratitude to his Kuwaiti, German and Swiss counterparts over their contributions to humanitarian aid in flood-hit areas, and vowed to brief the Iranian nation of the way in which the aid is distributed among the people.