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Maryam Rajavi's message in the aftermath of the Iran Floods

Maryam Rajavi Calls for Solidarity after Catastrophic Flood

Maryam Rajavi's message in the aftermath of the Iran Floods

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, calling on the youth of Iran to rush to the aid of the flood-stricken victims-March 2019

On Wednesday, March 27th, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, issued a statement to the people of Iran who have been devastated by the catastrophic flooding in 30 of the nation’s 31 provinces.

“Overwhelming Corruption and Crimes”

Mrs. Rajavi joined the people in condemning the regime for its role in exacerbating the severity of the flood’s destruction through its “overwhelming corruption and crimes.” She then enumerated some of the decisions that led to disastrous consequences.

“The corrupt mullahs have inflicted this catastrophe on Shiraz and its valiant people,” Mrs. Rajavi explained. “They destroyed the channel which used to lead flood waters out. In the dry seasonal river bed beside Darvazeh Quran, they built urban facilities to gain huge profits for themselves and their accomplice.

“In Golestan Province, it has been several years that they have failed to dredge the Gorgan River. They have destroyed vast parts of the forests and pastures, and they have evaded to drain the farms and manage the watershed.

“In other cities, they have constructed buildings in the periphery of rivers or have blocked the natural paths of rivers. In implementing such a corrupt policy, they have taken over, damaged or sold river banks, seashores, foothills of mountains, and jungles which are public properties,” she added.

Failure to Provide Emergency Relief

Mrs. Rajavi also condemned the regime for failing to provide emergency aid to flood victims. She said, “Amid the disastrous flood and such vast devastation, there is not much presence of aid workers and relief agencies. Instead, the mullahs have dispatched the Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Basij paramilitary force to quell the outbreak of protests.”

A Call to Protest

 

Mrs. Rajavi said that the regime’s rule was at its end and urged MEK Resistance Units and cities to rise up and protest. “Taking shelter in their [clandestine] “missile cities” will no longer save the mullahs, because now is the time for rebellious cities and Resistance Units. The time has come for protests and uprisings by a nation that is determined to salvage themselves, their livelihood, and the future of their children from the evil torrent of the Velayat-e Faqih theocracy.”

Rajavi expressed her condolences to the families of the victims of the flood in Shiraz and other provinces and offered prayers for those who were injured.

The Power of Solidarity

She also restated her previous call to the people of Iran to work together to help those affected by the flood.

“The only way and the best way is that we help one another,” she said. “No one and no other power is more effective and more accessible than the power of solidarity among us.

“I urge everyone, particularly the young men and women, to form their popular councils in every neighborhood, and in every city, town and village to confront the floods and their disastrous consequences.”

She went on to say, “Rush to the aid of families affected by floods and show them your love and compassion. The mullahs have inflicted such a calamity on our people and cities. Let us build amid such disaster, our own solidarity and kindness which is the greatest strength of our nation.”

Mrs. Rajavi urged the Iranian people to unite in their sorrow and rebuild the country together. “Let us build with our tears and sorrows a force of sympathy and unity against the mullahs. In these difficult days, rely on one another and let people rely on you. Take one another’s hand and let us come together to advance our plans for a free and prosperous Iran,” she concluded.

The Iranian regime Attorney General said that publishing “fake” news on the floods was a security violation and will be treated as “disrupting the security of the country”, a new height in regimes censorship-March 27, 2019

Threats from Regime Attorney General

The regime’s response to the floods has been widely criticized. Flood victims across the country are still waiting for assistance, and government officials have not published accurate information about the disaster. Regime officials cite the number of deaths as 19, but numerous eyewitness accounts and reports from all over the country put the numbers at well over one hundred.

On Wednesday, regime Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said that anyone who publishes “fake” news about the flood will be identified and dealt with.

Colonel Ramin Pashaie, the Social Deputy of the Iranian regime’s FATA (Cyber Police) made a similar statement, which was carried by the state news agency, ISNA news agency. “We have asked all provinces to monitor the Internet and if they witness any rumors or content that disturbs public opinion or social peace, to quickly carry out necessary measures to deal with the publishers once identified,” he said.

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Flash flood in Iran

Maryam Rajavi Encourages People of Iran to Help Neglected Victims of Catastrophic Flood

 

Flash flood in Iran

The devastating flood in 30 provinces out of 31 provinces has caused major damages due to regime mismanagement-March 2019

The catastrophic flooding in Iran continues to spread across the country, with 30 out of 31 provinces affected by flood conditions, according to the regime’s Relief and Rescue Organization. Reports from MEK sources inside Iran indicate that the victims of the disaster in many areas have been left stranded without access to emergency aid, drinking water, and supplies, and the death toll continues to climb.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on the people of Iran to organize to provide assistance to people who have been neglected by the regime in the wake of the deadly floods.

“I call on the people of Iran and especially the youth to form popular councils in every city, neighborhood, and village to confront the flash floods and their disastrous consequences, and to help the people who have suffered in the floods.”

She added: “National cooperation and popular assistance are the only way to prevail over the ruinous floods and the clerical regime’s destructive policies.”

Fars Province

The city of Shiraz, Fars Province, has been the hardest hit by the floods, with at least 120 deaths reported by MEK sources and others inside Iran as of Monday. Shiraz flooded again on Tuesday, washing away more vehicles from the city’s streets.

Tehran Province

Water levels are rising on some of Tehran’s roads, and the weather organization has warned that the city is under serious threat of flooding.

According to the Traffic Police Chief of Eastern Tehran Province, the Imam Reza highway has been blocked due to floodwaters.
Merchants in a number of areas of Tehran have been asked to close their stores for the next 48 hours due to hazardous flood conditions.

Kermanshah Province

The Alvand River is rising near the city of Sarpol Zahab, Kermanshah Province. Sarpol Zahab was leveled by an earthquake in November 2017, and the residents of the city have struggled to rebuild with little to no assistance from the regime. Floodwaters have now washed many of their tents and trailer homes away.

Khuzestan Province

According to the provincial Crisis Management Director, 350 homes in Isfahan, Khuzestan Province, have suffered damage from the floods.

According to the mayor of Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, the entire city is in the midst of a flood crisis. The Karun River does not have the capacity to sustain the massive amount of water pouring through it, and the city will face problems.

Residents in two districts in Khuzestan have been ordered to evacuate due to dangerous conditions following flooding in Izeh. Reports from the province indicate that the Behbahan-Ramhormoz is closed due to flooding.

In Khorramshahr, Khuzestan Province, floodwaters have been reported near the Tavijat military road, and there is a possibility that the water may reach homes in the area. Locals are attempting to flood-proof their homes without any assistance from regime authorities.

 

In Susangerd, Khuzestan, a flood dam protecting the village of East Hufel collapsed, endangering local residents.

Water levels in Dezful, Khuzestan Province, are rising, and a provincial authority has reported that flood conditions have reached dams in this city as well.

Isfahan Province

In Isfahan, Isfahan Province, the Zayandeh River has risen to the tip of the city’s bridges. Reports indicate that water is heading toward the city.

Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province

 

Early Tuesday morning floodwaters blocked a road between the city of Andika to Shahr-e Kord. A number of paths in the area were also blocked by floodwaters, according to local officials.

Lorestan Province

In Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, flooding continues. All roads leading to the city of Mamulan are blocked due to rising levels in the Kashkan River. The city is without drinking water as of Tuesday.

Bushehr Province

 

Landslides have been reported on the Ahrom-Kalame road in Bushehr Province. Iran’s nuclear power plant is located in Bushehr.

Khorasan Province

 

The Traffic Police Deputy of Southern Khorasan Province reported that the Eshq Abad road to Bardaskan near the city of Tabas is now closed “due to rising water levels.”

Zanjan Province

 

In the city of Zanjan, commuters were required to stop their vehicles because of the threat of flooding. Afshar, Zanjan Province, has already been hit by flash flooding.

Golestan Province

Golestan Province was one of the first areas hit by the floods in Iran, and citizens are outraged at the regime’s failure to provide emergency aid. Revolutionary Guards forces attempting to enter the flood zone were met with outrage, as residents refused them entry into their homes.

Reports also indicate that authorities have refused to allow a team of physicians to enter Khaje Nafas to provide medical care.

According to reports, a boat capsized in Gomishan, Golestan Province, causing twenty passengers to drown to death. Locals were able to save five or six of the boat’s passengers. The MEK expressed condolences to the victims’ families.

Kurdistan Province

In Kurdistan, five dams have flooded, and several more are on high-alert. Water levels in the province’s areas continue to rise, and warnings should be issued to people living near potential flood zones.

MEK supporters are mobilizing on the ground in Iran to provide relief for flood victims and their families.

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Floods in Iran

NCRI Releases Statement on Regime’s Mismanagement of Flood Response

Floods in Iran

The Iranian regime’s mismanagement of the Flood response has made the floods more devastating than it should have been

On Monday, March 25th, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement addressing the regime’s catastrophic mismanagement in response to the devastating floods which have ravaged 25 out of 31 provinces in Iran.

The NCRI statement addresses the regime’s failure to provide emergency relief to flood survivors, its attempts to hide the true number of victims, and the regime’s role in worsening the effects of the floods. These acts of mismanagement and incompetence by authorities have caused anger in the already grief-stricken nation.

According to reports from MEK sources inside Iran, people affected by the floods are still waiting for relief, but the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and other suppressive forces have been deployed to prevent protests instead of being sent to rescue and provide relief to flood victims.

 

The Deputy Commander of the State Security Forces, IRGC General Ayoub Soleimani, made the regime’s priorities clear when he gave a statement on Monday. “Ensuring security is our most important task in the devastated areas,” he said. “The deployment of fixed and mobile patrols, with the collaboration of Basij [paramilitary force] and IRGC, as well as the installation of checkpoints in many places, are measures that must be taken with all the necessary means to prevent crimes and possible damage.”

Massive Flooding

Torrential rain and strong winds led to massive flooding in Iran’s southern and western provinces on Monday. Parts of the city of Shiraz were flooded, including the Ghoran Gate and the Vakil Bazaar. Regime officials claim that 17 people were killed in the floods, but the actual number is likely to be much higher, and casualties continue to rise.

The residents of Shiraz are angry at the provincial government for their failure to heed weather warnings and take actions to evacuate the area and ban vehicle from the Ghoran Gate. Hundreds of vehicles were washed away by the floodwaters.

Residents are also angry at the regime for allowing the construction of roads and buildings by the IRGC and other bodies over the past few years in the area. This unregulated construction has obstructed the drainage system that had protected the city from flooding for hundreds of years.

The negligence by officials has been so egregious that regime Member of Parliament Kouroch Karampour declared that those responsible for mismanaging the flood response must be brought to justice.

Dozens of people have been killed or injured in the provinces of Fars, Lorestan, Khushistan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Isfahan, Bushehr, Ilam, Kermanshah, and Golestan.

The city of Sarpol-Zohab, which was rocked by an earthquake last year, was further devastated when floodwaters washed away their tents and prefab constructions.

The Karoun River has flooded the city of Ahvaz, creating a dire situation for residents there. In Lorestan, the Poleh-Dokthtar River has flooded the city.

Statement from Maryam Rajavi

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, expressed her condolences to those affected by the deadly flooding and called upon the youth of Iran to protest the authorities’ mismanagement of the flood response and to demand that the regime make the IRGC’s resources and equipment available to the people so that they may prevent disasters, specifically at the Karaj dam, in Tehran and in the city of Karaj.

Mrs. Rajavi also stated that the regime and its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have worsened the effects of the flood through their destruction of the environment. She further emphasized that the mullahs have plundered the wealth of the Iranian people on warmongering, terrorism, nuclear projects, and other projects of repression. This greed and corruption has ruined Iran’s infrastructure and robbed the Iranian people of their ability to defend themselves from natural disasters.

The MEK joins Mrs. Rajavi in expressing condolences for those affected by the floods.

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