MEK Iran: Flash floods hit Khuzestan
In fact, rather than help victims, the regime has sent in military convoys to deter residents from protesting.
Iran News in Brief – December 2, 2020
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Environmentalist Masoud Kanani said: “In the suburbs, dilapidated houses are flooded, and many citizens are worried about their houses collapsing. In the past years, we have witnessed such rainfall in the province. But unfortunately, after the floods of 2018 and 2019 and the influx of alluvium and sediments, the rivers do not have the necessary capacity to drain water.”
He explained that nothing has been to improve the sewage system in the past 20 years, which means that even with relatively little rainfall, sewage can enter the houses.
This has affected the residents of Ahvaz, Karun, Omidieh, Bandar Imam, Ramshir, and Mahshahr in Khuzestan, but the Red Crescent Society confirmed that seven other provinces have been hit with floods in the past three days, including Ilam, Bushehr, Fars, Qazvin, Golestan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, and Lorestan.
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The worst part is that these floods were entirely preventable, but the regime’s and the Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) insistence on looting natural resources for profit led to deforestation, which means that flood banks are less able to control rising waters and essentially that flooding was inevitable.
Back in 2012, FAO announced that Iran’s forests were being destroyed faster than any other county, which was especially dangerous because flood routes and dry riverbeds were converted for urban development without proper drainage infrastructure, which anyone could see would lead to floods.
Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said: “Under the mullahs’ rule, every natural calamity and every preventable problem from the [coronavirus or] COVID-19 to floods to earthquakes, turn into a major disaster.”
With sincerest sympathies to the oppressed people of #Khuzestan, who under the mullahs’ criminal rule, face calamities every day, whether #Coronavirus or destructive floods. Regime’s policy of plunder has exacerbated such natural disasters a hundred times.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) December 1, 2020
This is also not the first time that these floods have hit Iran. In mid-March 2019, a massive flood hit Khuzestan province and this continued until April, spreading across the country. During these floods, caused by just a couple of days of heavy rainfall, hundreds were killed or went missing, while millions more were made homeless or suffered property damage.
On April 12, 2019, flood-stricken people in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, came to the streets in protest at the regime’s inaction, showing that the people consider the regime as the route of all their problems.
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