Iran Flooding: People Get Angry at the Regime’s Failure to Provide Aid
Reports by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), indicate that Large parts of south-western Iran have been badly hit by flooding, in particular in the province of Bushehr.
(PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters from Bushehr report that homes and businesses have been destroyed and the regime is angry because of the regime’s inaction. Authorities have left the people to fend for themselves. The torrential rain and subsequent flooding were so severe that all the companies in the Mahshahr Port Petrochemical Special Economic Zone had to close.
Locals blame the regime's mismanagement/corruption & are saying they haven't received any aid from authorities.
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) December 6, 2020
(PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters from the province of Khuzestan, report that several weeks of heavy rainfall have resulted in flash flooding. Many towns and cities in south-western Iran do not have conduction canals for surface water and lack sewage disposal systems. So not only are people’s homes being flooded with water, but many homes are being flooded with sewage. This has been the case in Mahshahr, Karun, Bandar Imam, and Ahvaz.
An environmentalist, Masoud Kanani, explained that the river route in the area has not been maintained for several years. In Ahvaz, the sewage system has been left to disintegrate over the past few decades. Furthermore, the capacity of the river decreases as the amount of sediments increases. This means that water starts to directly enter pipes and sewers.
Anger is growing and the people are protesting. Once again, in the time of a crisis, the regime and local authorities hide.
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.#MEK #Iran https://t.co/WyhEkP8iwF pic.twitter.com/9DYGt76nzK
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 3, 2020
The flooding is a direct consequence of the Iranian regime’s actions, inaction, and negligence. For many years, the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has been cutting down huge amounts of trees, converting flood routes, building unnecessary and ineffective dams, changing the route of dry riverbeds while neglecting to sort out proper drainage, and so on. Because of all of this and more, the severity of flooding is worrying. Without all of this, the flooding could have been either totally prevented or at least managed.
Last year, a devastating flood in the province of Khuzestan affected many people. A lot of infrastructures were damaged, yet it has still not been repaired. The province is seeing more and more frequent flooding with every year that goes by.
Even back then, the regime failed to help the people. Military convoys were sent to the province – not for aid but to contain the angry protesters.
Extensive floods in South #Iran : #Khuzestan province
Iran regime borrowed $140 Billion from the World Bank to renovate sewage and water beds
Ongoing disaster clip shows more
We need #IranRegimeChange pic.twitter.com/85NL46giEj
— SAzari (@Sazari2015) December 4, 2020
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main opposition to the Iranian regime, has highlighted the regime’s negligence and worsening of environmental issues on many occasions in the past. President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, expressed her condolences to the people affected by the latest flooding.
In a message on social media, Mrs. Rajavi called on the people of Iran to help their neighbors in this time of need. She emphasized that the regime causes more damage than it prevents, in particular with this flash flooding and the Coronavirus health crisis.
She said: “As our countrymen face the coronavirus catastrophe and flash floods, the ruling mullahs have made natural disasters 100 times more damaging with their inhuman policies. They have wasted the country’s assets on nuclear and missile projects and on the export of terrorism and warmongering.”
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