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90 Flood Deaths in One Western Iranian City, According to Internal Police Report

Flood covers vast areas of Khuzestan Province, South West Iran

Flooding in western Iran led to the deaths of at least 90 people, according to an internal police report. The deaths occurred in the city of Poldokhtar in Lorestan Province during the country’s most recent fatal flood.

Poldokhtar is surrounded by the Karkheh River. The city flooded when heavy rains caused the river to swell, and the dams overflowed.

Kioumars Heydari, Commander of the regime’s Army’s Ground Forces, acknowledged that conditions in Poldokhtar were “horrific” in an interview with the IRGC affiliated Tasnim News Agency.

“The bridges and roads have been completely blocked off and homes in villages have been engulfed by water up to their rooftops,” he added.
Videos posted on social media show homes in Poldokhtar collapsing from the force of the rushing water.

Regime Official Denies Deaths

Heydari denied that anyone died in the catastrophic floods, though. On Tuesday, he told the ISNA News Agency that “there were no fatalities” reported in the floods, directly contradicting the internal report.

Heydari also claimed that “the necessary equipment for relief aid to the people of Poldokhtar had been provided.” Heydari is responsible for providing emergency aid to the residents of Poldokhtar.

This is despite local reports, which indicate that a number of people were stranded on their rooftops for a day without food, water, or assistance.

Flood victims in other areas of Iran have been vocal in their criticism of regime officials’ response to the floods. Residents of flood-stricken areas say that they have received no emergency aid from the government and that what assistance they have received has come from the public.

The Iranian regime frequently covers up the number of fatalities in disasters. This is largely due to the fact that the Iranian people fault the regime for its mismanagement of the country’s infrastructure and its destructive environmental policies, both of which worsen the effects of natural and manmade disasters.

Publishers of Flood Reports Threatened

Those who have reported on the floods have been threatened with arrest. The regime’s Attorney General recently warned that publishers of “fake” news about the floods were violating national security and that anyone who was caught publishing such information would be dealt with for “disrupting the security of the country.”

The disparities between the regime’s official reporting of the fatal floods and local and eyewitness reports are significant. Local reports, which are supported by numerous videos and eyewitness accounts, indicate that at least 150 people lost their lives during the March 25th floods at the Quran Gate in Shiraz. Regime officials claim that 19 people died in the deadly floods.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) called for solidarity among the people of Iran in a statement last week. The regime has neglected and abandoned people affected by the flood, so Iranians, particularly the youth and the MEK’s Resistance Units, must organize councils and provide assistance to one another.

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Iranian regimes lack of capability to manage the flash flood

Floods Ravage Iran for Third Time in Two Weeks

Iranian regimes lack of capability to manage the flash flood

Flood covers major parts of the country, while the regime hasn’t done much to manage the damages from last weeks floods.

On Sunday, March 31st, Iran was hit by the third major flood in a two-week period. Citizens across the country are still reeling from the first two devastating floods, which affected 30 out of 31 provinces and took at least 150 lives, according to local and eyewitness reports. Survivors of the floods say that authorities have provided little, if any, emergency aid and are not taking adequate steps to confront the current crisis.

Lorestan Province

Lorestan Province has seen the worst damage from the most recent flood. Lorestan was badly damaged by previous floods as well, as was the rest of Western Iran.

According to local reports, the village of Afarinesh is completely flooded.

The village of Rahimabad in Borujerd, Lorestan is surrounded by floodwaters.

According to the Lorestan Province Special Representative, a dam near the city of Dorud is overflowing, putting the city in danger.

According to the Director of the Lorestan Water Department, three local dams are overflowing.

Provincial authorities are declaring emergency conditions and warn of a potential disaster in the city of Kuhdasht.

Khorramabad is in the midst of a flood crisis, and a number of its bridges are threatened.

The Khorramrud River has overflowed its banks.

Reports indicate that a number of roads in Lorestan are blocked due to flooding and landslides, including Khorramabad-Kuhdasht, Khorramabad-Chegeni, Khorramabad-Poledokhtar, Poledokhtar-Kuhdasht, and Khorramabad-Borujerd roads.

Water levels in the Teere River in Dorud are rising.

Kermanshah Province

The western province of Kermanshah experienced torrential rain and flooding on Sunday and Monday, with a number of areas reporting damage.

Reports indicate that thirty villages in Ravansar, Kermanshah Province, were surrounded by floodwaters as of Monday afternoon. 70-80 percent of the affected villages have been evacuated.

Serious flooding has been reported in the city of Kermanshah.

Hamedan Province

The western Iranian city of Hamedan, Hamedan Province, is in danger of major flooding, according to local officials.

Golestan Province

Northeast Iran was also hit by severe rain and flooding. The town of Aq Qala, Golestan Province has experienced severe flooding, causing numerous road blockages due to landslides and floodwaters. Some areas of Aq Qala were still underwater after the first flood two weeks ago, and residents have still not received assistance from the government in recovery efforts. Locals say that officials have failed to provide emergency aid and to take action to mitigate further damage.

Khuzestan Province

Flooding has also occurred in southwestern Iran. A river in Andimeshk, Khuzestan Province, has overflowed its banks and poses a direct threat to the lives and safety of local residents.

Reports indicate that the city of Ahvaz is in danger due to rising floodwaters.

Markazi Province

In central Iran, the roads from the city of Arak to Tehran and Farahan are blocked by floodwaters.

Torrential rain and flooding is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday in the provinces of Khuzestan and Lorestan.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of the Resistance of Iran (NCRI), issued a statement last week expressing her condolences to those affected by the floods and their families and urging the people of Iran, especially the youth and the MEK’s Resistance Units, to “rush to the aid” of flood victims. The regime has failed to provide badly needed emergency aid to people suffering in Iran. Assistance is coming from their fellow citizens.

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Maryam Rajavi's statement on the Iran Floods

Maryam Rajavi: The Regime Must be Held Accountable for Flood Victims

Maryam Rajavi's statement on the Iran Floods

Maryam Rajavi calls on all Iranians and particularly the youth to rush to the aid of the victims of the flash floods

With more rain forecast, the situation for many Iranian struggling in the wake of the country’s devastating flooding last month is showing no signs of improvement. The provinces of Khuzestan, Lorestan, and Ilam were among the worst affected, with cities and villages succumbing to the rising floodwaters.

Despite more than 200 Iranians perishing in the disaster, the clerical regime has done little to offer support to the victims. There were no temporary shelters for those forced to flee their homes, no food and water delivered to washed out areas, and no rescue efforts to find survivors or retrieve the bodies of victims.

Deliberate Silence

Instead, the regime deliberately tried to prevent details on the extent of the flooding from being revealed in the media. It threatened the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), with punishment if it revealed the full death toll of the flooding. The clerical regime fears public outcry over the deaths and anger directed at the regime.

For the regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, self-preservation is more important than the safety and security of the Iranian people. Where the regime has acknowledged the flood’s damage, it has used it as a photo opportunity. The MEK accused the regime in a statement of “treating the disaster as a photo op.”

The situation is so bizarre that even a member of the Regime parliament for Ahvaz called Hassan Rohani’s visit to Khuzestan “fruitless”. He also claimed that the regime had sent “mostly weary and faulty machinery” to ease the crisis. He admitted that the “lack of waterway dredging and management” had contributed to the severity of the flooding in the first place, a sentiment echoed in a statement by the opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi.

Nowhere to Turn for Assistance

In the face of such limited assistance from the mullahs, victims of the flooding are being forced to look elsewhere for life-saving support. In a statement, Maryam Rajavi called on the population once again to come together to provide relief for the victims.

She urged Iranians to “form popular councils for independent relief action to bring aid to the flood victims.” In the face of regime inaction, she called for the nation to demonstrate solidarity.

In her conclusion, Mrs. Rajavi laid the burden on blame firmly on the mullahs’ shoulders. “The mullahs are responsible for leaving the country defenseless in [the] face of natural disasters by destroying the environment with irreparable deforestation, huge embezzlements and wasting Iran’s resources for repressive, terrorist and war-mongering ends,” she said. The regime “must be held accountable for the countless victims and millions of refugees caused by the recent floods.”

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Protesters Gather in London to Express Support for Iranian Flood Victims and Condemn the Regime

MEK supporters rally in London

MEK supporters in London, demonstrate regime’s inaction regarding the flash-flood.

Supporters of the MEK, across the world, have been expressing their solidarity with the flood victims in Iran. On Saturday, March 30, protestors gathered in London outside the UK Prime Minister’s residence, Number 10 Downing Street. The protestors expressed their sympathy and condolences with their compatriots in Iran.

They also expressed their anger and frustration at the regime’s response to the disaster. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) revealed that the regime has deliberately misled the public over the death toll caused by the flooding.

A National Crisis

Heavy rain and extreme weather have caused widespread flooding across 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces. Roads, buildings, cars and tragically, people, have been washed away in flooding in Shiraz, Khorramabad, and Isfahan.

However, the regime’s response has been muted. Instead of mobilizing the country’s resources to organize coordinated rescue efforts, the regime has attempted to deflect blame. The MEK’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi drew attention to the regime’s role in exacerbating the flooding. In a statement, she said, “they destroyed the channel that used to lead floodwaters out.” During heavy rain, this led to extensive flooding in Shiraz.

The regime deployed the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Basij forces, but instead of helping victims, they were quelling protests, demonstrating that even in a time of national crisis, the regime will put its interest ahead of those of ordinary Iranians.

Maryam Rajavi summed up the situation in another statement. “The disaster once again proved that the ruling mullahs’40-year policy of plunder and pillage has taken a heavy toll on the lives and livelihood of our people,” she said.

The leader of the Iranian opposition went on to call for cooperation among Iranian civilians. “The only way and the best way is that we help one another,” she said, adding, “no other power is more effective and more accessible than the power of solidarity among us.”

Lies and Deception

In addition to refusing to devote adequate resources to the rescue efforts, the clerical regime has deliberately hidden the full death toll from the public. The MEK believes more than 200 Iranian lives were claimed by the catastrophe. “The delay and procrastination in helping those who are besieged by the flood have increased the number of victims,” Hossein Abedini of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the umbrella group of the MEK, asserted.

In hiding the full extent of the crisis, the regime has prevented international aid agencies from offering sufficient assistance.

The International Response

In their protest on Saturday, the Anglo-Iranian community outside Downing Street called on the UK government to condemn the regime’s response to the crisis and work with the European Union to pressure the regime to provide disaster relief to the affected areas.

Malcolm Fowler, a solicitor and former member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales addressed the protestors. He said, “the neglect and deceptions of the Iranian regime over the catastrophic floods and landslides are characteristic of its disregard and oppression of all dissidents. Mrs. May’s Government must now take them to a task.”

Several other prominent UK lawyers also spoke at the rally, expressing their solidarity with the Iranian victims and calling for a more “responsible” government.

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Golestan Province ten days after flooding-March 2019

More Rain Forecast while Victims of Precious Flood Struggle to Recover without Aid from Regime

Golestan Province under water, after the flooding.

It has been more than ten days since deadly floods devastated the northern province of Golestan, and some areas are still covered in water. According to Iran’s Meteorological Organization, more rain is heading for the area over the next few days, which could cause even more flooding in the province.

Heavy rain and flooding have also been forecast in western Iran and some parts of central Iran.

The state-run ISNA News Agency quoted the head of the Meteorological Organization, who predicts that thunderstorms will cause rivers which are already swollen from the previous floods to overflow and flood again. He also predicts that the rain will cause flooding in the provinces of Zanjan, Qazvin, Tehran, Gilan, and Semnan on Sunday afternoon and Monday.

Additional reports on other news agencies warned of impending heavy rainfall in Lorestan and Markazi Provinces in western Iran.

No Aid from the Regime

In Aqqala, Golestan Province, some areas are still underwater. Residents in the area report that local officials are saying they have to wait for the water to “vaporize.”

Residents who have seen their homes destroyed by the floods say that the regime has not provided needed assistance. The only aid they have received has come from their fellow citizens.


Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian opposition, issued a statement earlier this week urging the people of Iran, especially the youth and MEK Resistance Units, to “rush to the aid” of the flood victims and their families.

Iran’s Red Crescent

Numerous sources also report that Iran’s Red Crescent, which is affiliated with the regime, has warned the public, that citizens who provide aid without going through the government will face arrest. The regime has also refused to allow international donations that are not funneled through the Red Crescent, an organization that is known for diverting funds meant for disaster victims to other regime projects.

Regime officials have faced scorn and ridicule from locals when they have visited flood-ravaged areas with camera crews and provided no actual assistance to those in need.

Social Media Coverage of the Flood

Videos on social media paint a grim picture of the carnage wreaked by the flood. Several videos show citizens searching for bodies in the floodwaters.

In another video, a young mother in the city of Shiraz said that she had no diapers or clothes for her baby. She said, “We don’t have any warm clothes for the nights and we freeze.”

Another mother standing next to her said that the regime has been absent from the flood relief effort and she has had to depend on the people for aid.
“My son is sick. His eyes are infected, but they don’t bring any medicine for him. His leg has become infected, but they don’t bring any ointment,” she said.

Shiraz was hard hit by the floods. Local and eyewitness reports say that at least 150 people perished during flash flooding at the city’s Quran Gate. The regime continues to claim that 19 people died in the floods.


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Flood in Golestan Province

The Clerical Regime Threatens Those Striving to Reveal the Truth About Recent Flooding

Flood in Golestan Province

Flood covers 2/3rd of Aq-Qala (City north of Iran), due to poor regime emergency services, that could have diverted the water flow away from the city-March 22

In the wake of the extensive flooding that ravaged Iranian cities and towns this week, the Iranian clerical regime is doing all it can to conceal the full extent of the loss of human life. Following the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran’s (MEK’s) revelation that more than 200 Iranians perished in the flooding, the regime has hit back, accusing the pro-democracy group of resorting to “rumors and lies.”

“By exploiting the flood incident, they [the MEK] intend to distort the mentality, belief, and trust of the people,” the regime-affiliated Fars news agency reported.

Avoiding Responsibility

The regime intends to demonize and undermine the opposition group in order to avoid taking responsibility in its role of exacerbating the damage and destruction caused by the flooding.

The MEK has been instrumental in drawing attention to the regime’s corruption and mismanagement of mechanisms designed to mitigate flood damage. Its president-elect Maryam Rajavi condemned the regime for inflicting “this catastrophe on Shiraz and its valiant people.” She added, “they destroyed the channel which used to lead floodwaters out.” Instead, the clerical regime constructed buildings in the channel, putting profits ahead of the safety of the Iranian people.

Maryam Rajavi Calls for Solidarity after Catastrophic Flood

The regime’s responsibility for the deaths and destruction caused by the flooding is so apparent, regime officials cannot deny it. Shamkhani, the secretary of the regime’s Supreme Security Council admitted that “anyone who built on the flood watercourse of Darvazeh Qu’ran… a combination of the private sector and the services and government sectors… is guilty.”

Regime officials even appeared to acknowledge lying about covering up the full extent of the flood’s damage. Rahmani Fazli, Hassan Rouhani’s interior minister, said news of the floods “should be dealt with in a manner that would ensure the general and psychological calm of the victims.”

Threatening Truth-Seekers

In recent days, the mullahs have gone one step further and actively threatened those that publish details on the death toll and damages to Iranian cities. Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said those that shared the news would be “dealt with accordingly.”

The assistant attorney general for cyberspace called on police to monitor reports online and “deal with producers and publishers.” The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Colonel Fakhreddin Tavakoli encouraged Iranian citizens to inform the FATA police if they saw any reports.

By refusing to disclose all of the facts, the IRGC and the clerical regime are preventing victims from receiving the necessary assistance and resources. They prevent effective rescue attempts to retrieve victims’ bodies and do not allow humanitarian assistance to those currently stranded without food and water.

The regime’s conduct, both in removing natural safeguards against flooding and in refusing to accept the severity of the situation following the disaster, is contributing to the suffering, hardship, and death of Iranians. It should not be allowed to continue.

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Iranian people show unity in fighting the devastating flood

Iranian People’s Outrage Against Regime Officials Due to Their Mis-management of the Flash-flood

Iranian people show unity in fighting the devastating flood

A week after the flash flood covered 30 of 31 provinces of Iran, the corrupt regime has still not done anything to help the victims. It’s only the local people who are rushing to aid others in the region to prevent more damages.

The Friday prayers Leader in Shiraz was cursed by the public during his propaganda visit to the flood-ravaged city this week, according to comments published on the state-run IRNA News Agency on Thursday.

According to the article, which has since been removed from IRNA’s website, Lotfollah Dezhkam met with the Governor of Fars Province to discuss his much-delayed visit to the flood zone. He said, “While visiting flood-stricken areas, we were met with anger from the people.”

Dezhkam that clearly displayed his fear of the public outcry, said: “I was cursed a couple of times while visiting the flood-stricken areas, and I’m distraught,” he said.
The regime cleric admitted the mismanagement and corruption within regime officials that has increased the damage to the people as a result. In a bid to put the blame on other rifts within the regime, he was critical of the choice to pave over a watercourse next to the Quran Gate in Shiraz in the early 2000s. The watercourse provided drainage to the city and prevented flooding for hundreds of years before the municipality decided to build a road over it.

“They took the watercourse and built on it. Why should there not be a flood?” Dezhkam asked. Why did the municipality build a boulevard which blocked the watercourse?”

Dezhkam, the mouthpiece of the Supreme Leader,while putting the blame on the other factions said: “We have to see what the municipality has brought on to the people. When the municipality itself violates the boundaries of a dried out river, what do we expect from the people? I saw the violations of the municipality in two or three places myself,” he said.
Dezhkam went so far as to comment on the intelligence of those whose incompetence led to the catastrophic flooding in Shiraz, saying that “imbeciles make the decisions and imbeciles do not live up to their responsibilities.”

According to local and eyewitness reports, more than 150 people perished in Shiraz when flash floods swept through the historic Quran Gate on March 25th.


Regime President Hassan Rouhani visited Golestan Province in northern Iran on Thursday, March 28, with a week delay since the flood hit Golestan Province. Golestan was one of the first areas in Iran to be hit by the floods, and it sustained some of the most severe damage.

Rouhani’s attempts to pretend empathetic to the flood victims largely fell flat, as was evidenced in one video shared on social media, in which a woman angrily approached Rouhani demanded answers. Rouhani smiled and responded, “Don’t worry.”

Flood victims in Golestan and across the country are worried though. Government relief has not arrived, so citizens have mobilized to help each other rebuild.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, issued a call for the people of Iran, especially the youth and the MEK Resistance Units, to rush to the aid of those who are suffering after the floods.

Sarpole Zahab

The town of Sarpole Zahab, Kermanshah Province, was devastated by an earthquake over a year ago. The residents of this town have been living in harsh conditions in tents and trailers since then and trying to rebuild their lives. The floods washed away these tents and trailers, leaving them with nothing.

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