Unprecedented flooding hits Iranian capital of Tehran, forces evacuations

Rouhani’s hardline rivals have accused the government of doing too little, too late.

By REUTERS
March 27, 2019 04:18
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A man tries to cross a flooded road damaged by Cyclone Gonu near Jusk seaport, 2,000 km

A man tries to cross a flooded road damaged by Cyclone Gonu near Jusk seaport, 2,000 km (1,240 miles) southeast of Tehran, June 8, 2007. (photo credit: REUTERS/MORTEZA NIKOUBAZL)

 
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Heavy flooding continued in Iran on Tuesday as many provinces geared up for days of waterlogged misery and authorities warned of possible floods in the capital Tehran as well the oil-rich south. President Hassan Rouhani promised compensation for all financial losses and called for the armed forces to help in flooded areas.

"I ask the army and the Revolutionary Guards to help with removing the water and with engineering work in which they have significant capabilities and tools," Rouhani was quoted as saying on Tuesday at a meeting of a government crisis group.

Rouhani’s hardline rivals have accused the government of doing too little, too late.



In a meeting broadcast on state television, the president said: "When a city goes under water because of a flood and neighborhoods face this problem, removing the water is a difficult, heavy task."



The head of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, said that officials who mishandled the disaster and caused the death of civilians could face prosecution, Fars news agency reported.



At least 23 people have been confirmed dead, officials said, and more than 200 sustained injuries.



The flood has blocked a highway in eastern Tehran, state media said.



Videos posted on social media showed cars driving in flooded roads in southeast districts of the capital. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the videos.



Iran is celebrating the Nowrouz new year holidays, a time when many families travel around the country, but police asked people to avoid unnecessary journeys.



State television said several villages near rivers and dams in different provinces had been evacuated.



Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and thousands put in emergency shelters provided by the government, state media said.



The country's crude oil pipelines have avoided damage from flooding and the transfer of oil is taking place normally, Iranian Oil Pipeline and Telecommunication Co director Abbasali Jafarinasab was quoted as saying by the oil ministry's SHANA news website.



The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that it was ready to offer help to Iran, but "challenges caused by unilateral sanctions will affect the UN response and the accountability of UN to deliver the appropriate support."



U.S. President Donald Trump last year abandoned a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

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