Relief and Rescue
The latest news and views about relief and rescue operations in Iran and other parts of the world
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has travelled to the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan to have a first-hand assessment of damages and people's conditions.
Heavy floods in Sistan and Baluchestan, an already underdeveloped province in south-east of Iran, as well as two adjacent provinces have so far killed one, wounded several, and displaced thousands of others.
President Hassan Rouhani has issued an order to mobilise all facilities to provide rapid and effective relief to earthquake-hit areas, and meet the immediate and urgent needs of earthquake-hit people in the country’s East Azarbaijan province.
Of the 16,500 homes that were in need of repair after the March and April flooding in Khuzestan, 13,000 have been completely repaired, director of a headquarters tasked with coordinating the reconstruction of flood-affected areas said on Saturday.
An independent campaign has been launched in Iran in order to attract international aid in cryptocurrency for flood victims in the face of US sanctions which have choked off foreign funds.
Head of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF), the main relief organization of Iran, says the country’s government should have rejected the European Union’s offer to send €1.5 million in cash aid to Iranian flood-stricken people, as the amount was extremely small.
Iranian Vice President for Legal Affairs says the country is legally pursuing the United States’ move to block the flow of cash aid to flood victims in the Islamic Republic.
A group of Iranian researchers managed to develop a horizontal drill used to suck up mud, after they realized flood-hit provinces need the drill but the country cannot import it due to the US sanctions.
Iran Computer and Video Games Foundation has dispatched a video game van to a flood-hit area in the north to raise the morale of children in the makeshift camps.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society says due to the unilateral sanctions the US has imposed on the Islamic Republic, no international cash aid has ever reached and handed over to the people affected by the recent floods, which have so far killed at least 76.
A group of movie stars and filmmakers recently gathered in a movie theatre in central Tehran to raise funds for the victims of the recent floods across the country, joining other Iranians from all walks of life who have donated over $7.5 million to the Iranian Red Crescent Society so far.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force has saved people stranded in Iran’s southwestern rural areas with military personnel carriers, a top commander said.
A short video clip has recently gone viral on social media in Iran, showing a modest Army colonel turning his body into a staircase to help people affected by extreme weather climb up a relief vehicle.
The governor of Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan said a major dam on the Karkhe river has overflown and local residents in a number of cities and villages, including Soosangerd, have been ordered to leave their homes.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says Islamabad is prepared to dispatch humanitarian aid to Iran in the wake of the recent floods.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered humanitarian assistance to the Islamic republic of Iran in the wake of deadly flooding that killed dozens of people.
Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami has strongly slammed the US’ move to block the delivery of international humanitarian aid to flood-hit areas in Iran, describing it as another indication of the US officials’ evil approach and animosity towards the great nation of Iran.
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.
Officials in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan ordered residents in 14 villages on the banks of two swollen rivers to evacuate.
Iran's foreign minister blasts his US counterpart over his "unprofessional" and "demagogic" comments about Tehran's response to the unprecedented flash floods that have hit two dozen Iranian provinces, reminding the US of its own failure in dealing with the aftermath of similar natural disasters over the past years.