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Floods have yet again hit Iran

MEK Iran – IRGC Profiting From Iran Floods

Floods have yet again hit Iran

Picture of a boy in mud up to his knees in Pol Dokhtar (Lorestan Province – Western Iran)

Floods have yet again hit Iran causing tragedy for all those in the water’s path and it’s especially devastating that it’s affecting the same areas as were flooded in March 2019. But it brings up the perfectly reasonable question of why the regime has not done anything in the past year to prevent these floods?

In last March’s flood, much of Lorestan and Ilam provinces were affected, with bridges destroyed, villages buried beneath water, and communications cut off. The regime vowed that the Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) Khatam-al Anbiya Base, would rebuild the area with its commander, Saeed Mohammad, and the IRGC’s aerospace commander, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, visiting Ilam on March 8, 2019, to examine the needs there.

It may not surprise you to learn that Khatam Al-Anbiya is actually one of supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s main looting institutions, so the promise about rebuilding those areas, including the erection of flood dams, were not fulfilled.

They basically just looted the Iranian people’s wealth by doing sub-par work and pocketing the additional money. That’s why the floods were able to damage and destroy the exactly same cities – Poldokhtar, Mamoulan, Khoramabad, and Kouhdasht.

Meisam Ghadami, deputy of the Directorate General of Road Administration and Transport, said on February 27 that, regarding the re-building of bridges destroyed in the March floods, there was a “lack of funds” and a desperate need to “speed up traffic in the area”. That’s why the Department of Roads and Transport “temporarily” installed metal decks of bridges at the same locations.

He admited : “Damages piled up, promises of spring reached summer and were forgotten in autumn. Now in winter, the Lorestan flood victims are again in pain and suffering and the only thing to do is to hope that the flood will not hit Lorestan in the spring since until now the floods and rainfalls have not wakened up government officials.”

The damages caused in March’s floods were tens of billions of tomans’ worth to urban and rural infrastructures, residential homes, the agricultural sector, and more. The majority of this has not been compensated and the recent February flood has added another 2 billion tomans in damages.

It is clear that the Khatam-al Anbiya has profited from the Iranian people’s suffering, using substandard materials and shoddy labor. Worse still, the stage is set for them to do it again. This is the regime’s regular playbook and it is why they should be overthrown by the people.

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MEK Iran: Iran Protests Day 67


Massoud-Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Opposition, was released from the Shah’s notorious SAVAK prison on January 20, 1979, leading MEK’s movement that is now the main opposition to the ruling religious fascism.

Resistance Units of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) marked Jan 20th, the anniversary of the Iranian resistance leader’s release from the Shah’s prison in 1979.

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Iran floods in a number of provinces in Iran makes heavy damages

Floodwaters Ravage Iranian Provinces: The Mullahs Stand Idle

Iran floods in a number of provinces in Iran makes heavy damages

Iran Floods makes huge losses in Iran again due to the regime’s mismanagement and inaction-June 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a difficult year for Iranians. Not only is the mullahs’ mismanagement of the Iranian economy sending the country into crisis, but the country has also been rocked by a string of violent and atypical storms.

Between May 8 and May 31, yet more storms hit the country with Khorasan Razavi, East and West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Kurdistan, Fars, Khuzestan, Lorestan and Markazi among the provinces affected. Once again, the Iranian regime has been absent in the rescue and recovery efforts, despite several Iranians losing their lives in the flooding.

Tragedy Strikes

The head of the Iranian Emergency Department claimed that 31 people were killed and 71 Iranians were injured in the most recent spate of flooding. However, the true death toll is likely much higher.

In March, when floods struck Khuzestan and other low-lying provinces, the Iranian regime deliberately sought to cover up the real death toll. Despite the floods claiming more than 200 Iranian lives, the regime remained adamant that the death toll was much lower.

Now, as then, the regime refused to make resources available to the affected victims. The Revolutionary  Guards (IRGC) has boats, temporary shelters, helicopters and medical supplies as well as food and water. However, the regime has not made this equipment available to the Iranian people to alleviate the suffering and provide survivors with assistance.

Condolences and Messages of Support

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main Iranian opposition, was among the first to offer condolences and offer her messages of solidarity with the victims. Mrs. Rajavi expressed her hope for a swift recovery for the victims. She also called on the country’s youth to be forthcoming in their efforts to assist.

She called on young Iranians to form popular councils to distribute assistance to the victims in any way they can.

Mrs. Rajavi also pointed the finger at the clerical regime for its inaction and failure to adequately prepare for the heavy rains. Their inaction left the country defenseless against natural disasters. Their plundering of the country’s resources has stripped away Iranians’ ability to rebuild.

Additionally, the mullahs’ indiscriminate construction and poor town planning have ravaged the country’s natural defenses and left it vulnerable to flooding. There is no doubt that the mullahs’ lack of foresight and indiscriminate policymaking exacerbated the damage caused by the flooding and led to the needless loss of human life.

She concluded that under the clerical regime, Iranians find themselves needlessly suffering from natural disasters that are both predictable and preventable. Manageable accidents become national disasters due to the regime’s mismanagement.

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UK travel advisory to dual British-Iranians not to travel to Iran

UK Foreign Office Issues Advisory Warning British-Iranian Citizens Not to Travel to Iran


UK travel advisory to dual British-Iranians not to travel to Iran

UK Foreign Office issued a warning to British-Iranian dual nationals advising them not to travel to Iran-Friday, May 17, 2019

On Friday, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office (FCO) issued a warning to British-Iranian dual nationals advising them not to travel to Iran.

The Foreign Office said that the change in travel advice was due to the regime’s “continued arbitrary detention and mistreatment of dual nationals.”

British nationals, particularly those with dual citizenship, face an “unacceptably higher risk” of arbitrary detention and mistreatment at the hands of the Iranian regime than citizens of other countries, added the FCO.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt explained the reasoning for the change in travel advice, noting the Iranian regime’s refusal to take steps to remedy the problem. He said: “Dual nationals face an intolerable risk of mistreatment if they visit Iran. Despite the UK providing repeated opportunities to resolve this issue, the Iranian regime’s conduct has worsened.

“Having exhausted all other options, I must now advise all British-Iranian dual nationals against traveling to Iran.

“The dangers they face include arbitrary detention and lack of access to basic legal rights, as we have seen in the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been separated from her family since 2016.

“Regrettably, I must also offer a message of caution to Iranian nationals resident in the UK – but who return to visit family and friends – especially where the Iranian government may perceive them to have personal links to UK institutions or the British government.”

Sky News reported that the change in travel advice was partially due to concerns that the Iranian regime would take punitive action against British-Iranian dual citizens with links to UK institutions.

The Iranian regime does not recognize dual citizenship.

Unrest in Iran

The travel warning follows a series of brutal crackdowns by the clerical regime intended to quell the rising tide of dissent in the country and stave off widespread rebellion. The designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and the tightening of U.S. oil sanctions have deepened both domestic and international economic and political tensions for the regime at a time when the mullahs’ grasp on power was already tenuous.

Last month’s devastating floods took hundreds of lives and caused billions of dollars in damages. It also exposed decades of incompetence and corruption by the regime. Poorly built bridges and dams collapsed, drainage systems that had been paved over caused massive flooding, and years of deforestation intensified the destruction.

The regime’s heartless response during and after the floods caused widespread outrage. While flood victims waited on rooftops for help that did not come, state-run television minimized the number of casualties and damage due to the disaster. Volunteers who provided food and other assistance to their friends and neighbors were arrested. Regime officials who visited flood-stricken areas were greeted by angry protesters who demanded to know when they would receive tents. The regime responded by sending tanks to suppress the protests.

Regime Crackdown

It is in this environment that the mullahs have attempted to crack down on further dissent. The regime recently announced the launch of the Razavion Patrol, a new suppressive force that will police neighborhoods to prevent MEK Resistance Units and other political dissidents from gathering. It is also working to pass an amendment that will make it legal to deny some detainees legal representation while they are being investigated.

The regime is acting out of fear, and it is while it is in this state of fear that it is most dangerous. A bear is at its most deadly when it is gravely wounded. The international community would do well to recognize the threat posed by the regime.

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Ahvaz under flood

Khuzestan Governor Claims Flood Victims Are Receiving Too Much Aid

Ahvaz under flood

Khuzestan has been under flooding, since last week, while reports indicate that no aid has been provided by the regime and they have been sending security forces to suppress any voice of protest.

The governor of flood-ravaged Khuzestan Province once again sparked outrage for his controversial remarks in the wake of the deadly floods that swept through 25 out of 31 provinces last month.

In an interview on Iran’s state-run television, Gholamreza Shariati described the recent visits by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

“During their visits, the International Red Cross protested that our flood aid was too much and outside of their protocols… and that we should not have given so much aid,” Shariati said!

The governor was asked what constituted too much aid, and he claimed that the ICRC complained to the head of the Red Crescent about “facilities and things that were given in the official camps.”

Lack of Emergency Aid


In the days after the floods, survivors in the hardest-hit areas waited days to receive tents. Residents in villages that were surrounded by floodwaters were stranded without food, water, or emergency aid for days while regime officials denied the severity of the disaster and minimized the extent of casualties.

Regime officials who visited flood-stricken areas for photo ops were greeted by angry protests from disaster victims who demanded explanations for why they had been abandoned by the government.

Previous Controversy

Khuzestan’s governor generated controversy during the floods during one such visit to a flood-stricken region. A video shared on social media showed an elderly man asking Shariati why the regime continued to give aid to Syria while denying emergency aid to its own people.

“Don’t be so irrelevant! You’re insolent and anti-government! Get lost!” Shariati angrily retorted before going on to threaten the flood victim.


According to the United Nations Office on the Situation in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran spends an average of $6 billion a year in Syria. This comprises approximately half of the total amount budgeted for subsidies in Iran.

The people of Iran have expressed anger at the regime’s continued funding of Bashar al Assad’s war in Syria while 80 percent of the population of Iran lives below the poverty line.

Continuing Impact of the Floods

Meanwhile, the regime has still taken few concrete steps to address the flood recovery effort. Millions of Iranians have been affected by the disaster, either through direct damage or destruction of their homes and towns, loss of employment and infrastructure, or both. Regime officials have refused to provide unemployment assistance to those who lost jobs because of the floods unless they had pre-existing unemployment coverage. Because of the economic crisis gripping the country and the regime’s anti-labor policies, many of the factory and industrial workers who are now unemployed did not have this coverage due to their forced status as contract workers.

The MEK has taken a strong stance in opposition to the regime’s anti-labor policies and its heartless response to the national disaster faced by the Iranian people. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition, has urged the people of Iran to form resistance councils and to “rush to the aid” of those affected by the floods.

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Charity worker arrested in Iran

Charity Worker Arrested in Tehran

Charity worker arrested in Iran

Photo credit to Iran HRM- Charity worker, Akram Nasirian, has been arrested by regime security forces on unknown charges- April 2019

Regime security agents have arrested Akram Nasirian, a charity worker who has been working in the country’s flood-stricken regions.

According to ‘The Voice of Iranian Women’, a charity organization providing assistance to flood victims, Nasirian disappeared on April 29, 2019, in Tehran. A detective bureau agency in the capital traced her cell phone signal to the Evin region of Tehran, an indication that she was likely being detained in Evin Prison.

Scattered Information

Nasirian phoned her family, briefly informing them that she had been detained and held for questioning. She told them her case was being referred to the Second Branch of the Prosecutors office in Evin.

Nasirian’s son took to Instagram to share his mother’s story with the world. “My mother Akram Nasirian was arrested on the street on Monday, April 29 [2019] and taken to Evin Prison without anyone informing us,” he said.

He asked, “For what crime have you arrested my mother? For teaching Afghan refugees to read and write and helping flood victims in the south of the country?” He ended the video message with an appeal to “social activists and human rights groups to work for her immediate and unconditional release.”

A String of Detained Charity Workers

Nasirian is the latest arrest in the regime’s crackdown on charity workers and others providing assistance to victims of flooding across the country. In April, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) arrested dozens of Iranian-Arabs in Ahvaz who were active in providing assistance to victims in Khuzestan province.

The effort is part of a wider regime strategy to downplay the impact of flooding and its inaction in supporting flood victims. The regime arrested reporters revealing the full death toll and investigating the regime’s role in exacerbating the issue.

At least 2 million citizens are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Flooding cut off food and clean water supplies, left more than 300,000 families without shelter, clothing, and medicine. It also claimed more than 200 Iranian lives.

Estimates suggest that the damage caused by the floods was equal to or greater than the damage caused by the entire eight-year war with Iraq. Many sources have accurately suggested the 2019 flooding was the country’s worst national disaster in fifteen years.

Instead of mobilizing the country’s resources to assist in the rescue and humanitarian efforts, the regime channeled its energies on stifling dissent, arresting reporters and employing mercenaries to help crush dissent. Afghan, Iraqi and Pakistani mercenaries roved the affected areas, outraging residents and highlighting the regime’s utter inadequacy to respond to a national crisis.

The arrest of Nasirian is the latest proof that this regime is totally unfit to govern. It clearly demonstrates its lack of empathy for the Iranian people and selfish determination to maintain its grip on power at all costs.

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Iranians protest regime's mismanagement of the flood response

Iranian Police Chief Vows That There Will be “Decisive Measures” Taken Against any Protesting in Flood-Stricken Areas

Iranians protest regime's mismanagement of the flood response

The lack of support and the mismanagement of the flood response and revelation of the regime’s role in the extent of the damage has erupted a lot of protest among the victims of the flash floods.

As the full scale of the flooding becomes apparent, Iranians feel deceived and let down by the mullahs’ clerical regime. Not only has it become apparent that the regime’s environmental and civil mismanagement exacerbated the damage and failed to protect Iran’s towns and villages from flooding, but the regime deliberately misled the population over the death toll and has not provided assistance to areas affected.

Iranians living in areas affected by the flooding have been left with limited access to food and clean water. They have had to organize rescue efforts themselves and put themselves at enormous personal risk to retrieve victims’ bodies from the muddy waters. The regime has been absent in the humanitarian and rescue efforts.

Now, to add insult to the Iranian people, the regime has vowed to crack down on any protestor publicly expressing their anger at the regime’s inaction.

Iranian Police Chief Vows “Decisive Measures”

The Iranian police chief, Hossein Ashtari, told reporters in Lorestan that the regime would “deal decisively with those who disrupt order and security in flood-stricken areas.”

“My colleagues were by the people’s side from the very beginning,” he claimed. “The police force was reinforced in the town of Poldokhtar and more forces were deployed to the province [of Lorestan] and the town,” he continued.

Video footage circulating on social media has demonstrated the falsity in his remarks. The footage shows Iranians filling sandbags and searching for victims themselves, without oversight or assistance from the authorities. This has characterized the rescue efforts.

Based on reports from MEK sources more than two weeks after flood waters ravaged Northern Iran, the Iranian people have begun to direct their ire at the regime.  The same reports indicate that a man in a village in southwest Khuzestan was arrested for protesting the regime’s flood response.

In a video taken in Ahvaz, citizens attacked a local Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) base with sticks and stones. The regime is determined not to let unrest spread.

Deceit and Lies

Part of its strategy to contain civil unrest has been to deliberately withhold the scale of the flood’s destruction. The official death toll released by the regime claimed 66 people died in the flooding. However, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has revealed the real death toll to be much higher. It estimates more than 200 Iranians died in the flooding. This figure was based on eyewitness testimonies, including that of a doctor in Poldokhtar who claimed “hundreds” of Iranians lost their lives.

He wrote in a post on social media, “today I left Poldokhtar with hundreds and hundreds of fatalities,” adding that the scope of the disaster was so “extreme that it could not be explained.”

The doctor claimed that the death toll was so high because many victims were left stranded on rooftops. Helicopters did not arrive in time to save them. Instead, they were left. When the rains picked up again and the waters rose, they have swept away.

The doctor’s claims were collaborated by a soldier in a video circulating on social media.

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Iran Human Rights Monitor Releases its Monthly Report for March


IranHRM March report

The cover photo for “Iran Human Rights Monitor” report – March edition, covering the horrific flooding and the consequences of the mismanagement of the regime on the people residing in the flood-stricken areas.

Iran Human Rights Monitor released its monthly report for the month of March. The group shone a light on the recent flooding that has affected 28 of Iran’s 31 provinces, reporting that at least 200 Iranian have lost their lives in the disaster.

The group accused the regime’s aid of being “too little and too slow.” Instead of getting aid workers to the regions affected as quickly as possible, the regime dispatched its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Basij forces. They were instructed to prevent any outbreak of protests.

As Iranians were stranded without food and water, the regime refused to help, instead focusing on its own preservation. “Many social media users observed that residents, often themselves victims of the floods, rushed to help others, while the authorities did very little or nothing,” Iran Human Rights Monitor reported.

Inspired by messages of solidarity from President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, Iran’s citizens rallied around each other and offered their support for their fellow compatriots. Shop owners, mechanics and other business owners in Shiraz offered their services to the flood victims free of charge.

A Regime Responsible

Iran Human Rights Monitor noted that the regime must bear a share of the responsibility for the scale of the flooding. “Authorities have been over-constructing for a long time and it has destroyed the natural flood barriers that were in place,” it reported.

The regime has destroyed more than 30% of the country’s forests, built villas in agricultural lands, failed to effectively upkeep dams and built on vulnerable river banks and flood plains. This natural mismanagement of Iran’s natural flood defenses exacerbated the disaster and undoubtedly led to the destruction and loss of life this month.

Human Rights Abuses

The group also reports that the regime carried out 15 public executions over the course of the month, including a father and son in Birjand Prison charged with the murder of two regime agents.

Three activists received flogging sentences.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer arrested in 2018, was tried again on a further seven charges. The lawyer is currently in prison serving a five-year sentence for “association and collusion with the intent of sabotaging national security”. She was tried in absentia for a further seven charges. Her lawyer was prevented from attending the trial. She received another 34-year prison sentence and 148 lashes.

Sotoudeh became the target of the regime’s injustices for her peaceful human rights work. She was vocal in her defense of women protesting the regime’s compulsory veil laws and a public critic of the death penalty.

Along with Sotoudeh, labor activist Arsham Rezai received an eight-and-a-half-year prison sentence. He was tried without a lawyer or prior notice. He was accused of “spreading propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion against national security.”

There were also reports of prisoners being denied treatment. Ali Badrkhani, who is being held at Urmia Central Prison, is reportedly being denied access to outside treatment for his kidney disease. Abolghasam Fouladvand at Raja’I Shahr Prison is also reportedly being denied treatment for his heart failure.

The Persecution of Ethnic Minorities

Iran Human Rights Monitor also reported the rampant arrest of ethnic minority groups in Iran. In March, the Iranian Judiciary sentenced 23 members of the Sufi Dervish to a total of 190 years in prison and numerous lashes. Most of those convicted received sentences of between six and nine years and will serve them in the Greater Tehran Prison.

At least eight Iranian- Arabs from Ahvaz and 24 Kurds were also arrested throughout the month.

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Flash flood across Iran

MEK-Iran: Floodwaters Spread through Khuzestan while Tens of Thousands of Iranians Still Wait for Disaster Aid

Flash flood across Iran

Flash flood is still covering vast areas in Lorestan, Golestan, Khouzestan, and other flood stricken areas, due to mismanagement of the regime.

More than two weeks of severe floods have devastated Iran and created a nationwide crisis. Three consecutive floods destroyed homes, dams, businesses, and public buildings; flooded and blocked roads; contaminated water supplies; and took hundreds of lives. Tens of thousands of people in numerous flood-stricken provinces now desperately need emergency assistance, but forty years of mismanagement and corruption has left the Iranian regime without the resources or competence to do so.

Damage in Khuzestan Province

Conditions in Khuzestan Province are dire. On Wednesday, the Dez River in Khuzestan Province overflowed and flooded a number of nearby sugarcane farms, causing severe damage.

Jazeere Park in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, is completely underwater.

Locals in Ahvaz report that sewer pipes have burst, creating lakes of waste throughout the city.

More than 100 villagers in Khalife Heydar, near Shush, have been surrounded by floodwaters for four days. They have not received any aid from authorities.

Complaints from Regime Officials

The inadequate response from the regime has even drawn criticism from its own officials. The Friday prayer leader in Mamulan, Lorestan Province complained about the lack of aid to flood victims, saying, ““We have no news of 60 villages. Officials said they would launch a field hospital, yet no such action has been taken. There is no sign of any emergency units. A number of helicopters came and went, none sitting in Mamulan.” Friday prayer leaders are considered to be representatives of regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Dissent from a prayer leader is rare and speaks to chaos within the regime as a whole.

Hiding the Scale of the Disaster

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), says that the regime is diminishing the full scale of the disaster. On April 3rd, she tweeted:

“The clerical regime continues to hide the actual number of casualties and the scale of damages. A large number of victims are stuck in mud in #Lorestan, #Khuzestan and #Ilam, and a lot of people are stranded by #floods. #IranFloods”

Mrs. Rajavi has called upon the Iranian people to assist each other during this time of crisis. She specifically urged MEK Resistance Units and Iranian Youth to organize to support victims of the floods.

Growing Anger


For more than two weeks, the Iranian people have stood on rooftops, clung to telephone poles in rushing waters, dragged bodies out of floodwaters, gone without drinking water, and been ordered to evacuate but given no place to go and no way to get there. They have been given false numbers of fatalities and damages. They have received visits from smiling regime officials with camera crews who offered no answers or assistance. They are angry.

On Wednesday, Ahmad Khadem, a senior official of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), visited Ahvaz, which was badly damaged in the third flood. He was confronted by a group of residents, who shouted, “Get lost!” Khadem and his bodyguards complied with their request and left.

Another regime official received similar treatment the day before. On Tuesday, Secretary of the regime’s Expediency Discernment Council and former IRGC Chief Mohsen Rezaie visited Poldokhtar, Lorestan Province. 90 people died in Poldokhtar during the third flood. Locals were not happy to see Rezaie.

In a video taken of the visit, a voice in the crowd can be heard saying, “What are you looking for here? Get lost! [Inaudible]. You have no dignity. Get lost! Get your selfies… and get lost!”

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Iran Floods covers cities across the country

The Regime Continues to Lie and Avoid Responsibility for Flood Deaths

Iran Floods covers cities across the country

The recent Iran floods are believed to be the results of IRGC’s destruction of countries resources.

Sixteen days after the first floods appeared in Iran and the clerical regime is still unwilling to disclose the full death toll caused by the disaster. Instead, the mullahs’ response has been one of theatrics and repression. From threatening punishment on any who revealed the full extent of the damages and loss of human life in the crisis to President Hassan Rouhani visit to Khuzestan which surmounted to little more than a photo opportunity, the regime has been absent in any meaningful sense.

The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) revealed a phone conversation between the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ground forces and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, IRGC Brigadier General Bagheri. The conversation revealed the full extent of the flooding and shone a light on the regime’s inaction.

In the conversation, Bagheri reveals the inadequacy of the evacuation effort. “They said for two or three days that the flood is coming, evacuate,” he said, “without, for example, giving them a tent, now they evacuate, where to go?”

He also spoke of the difficulty many victims have in receiving aid. “Most of the villages have no road, there’s nothing,” he said, adding, “electricity is cut off because all cables have fallen.”

The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces concluded, “there are too many problems, there is no management. No government official dares to go there, it is terrible.”

He also alluded to the public’s frustrations. “They are very upset, they are very angry,” he said.

A Constant Stream of Lies

This conversation, broadcast on April 2, came just hours after the Iranian Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli was lying to the public about the rescue and relief efforts. He stated publicly that he was working “minute by minute” on the relief effort. He also asserted that “no serious and specific human damage has been reported.”

The MEK has already revealed that the death toll from the flooding is now at more than 200.

The deliberate deception of the public regarding the loss of life has been consistent across the regime. The commander of the Lorestan IRGC Morteza Kashkouli also spoke of “one death”.

Avoiding Responsibility

Aside from lying about the death toll, regime officials have also attempted to absolve the clerical regime of responsibility for the flooding. Kashkouli appeared to blame Iranians themselves. He said: “The main cause of the damage caused by the flood has been the mistakes of past years that have led to construction and cultivation in the river bed.”

The burden of responsibility must fall on the regime’s shoulders. In a statement, president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, described how the regime’s ineffective waterway management and dredging had left parts of Iran vulnerable to flooding. This, coupled with indiscriminate construction around waterways, exacerbated the situation and led to the loss of additional human life.

Part of the issue was that Iranian citizens had nowhere to go once they received warning of the incoming waters. Kashkouli criticized the Iranian population. He said: “Despite the anticipation and information and the allocation and equipping of some safe places, some of our fellow citizens preferred to stay in their homes.” But what else could they do? Neither regime officials, nor the IRGC or Basij forces provided safe places for Iranians to go. They had no shelter, no food, no water. They had little choice but to await their fate.

In a statement, the president-elect, Mrs Rajavi, stated that the regime must have made the resources and facilities of the army and IRGC available to the public, also it must have facilitated the arrival of international aid and set up emergency channels through which it could reach those that need it.



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