Days of torrential rain in Iran have led to major floods, resulting in at least three fatalities, official media confirmed on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Thousands of establishments were damaged, hundreds of villages were cut off, and more than 20 000 residents left homeless. The amount of rain registered in a three-day period in Sistan and Baluchestan Province alone was equivalent to one-year average rainfall in the region.
Heavy rains from January 9 battered the provinces of Kerman, southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan, and southern Hormozgan. Over 500 villages were inaccessible as roads remain blocked and communications were cut off, according to the governorate’s director of crisis management, Majid Saeedi.
The affected counties included Iranshahr, Chabahar, Khash, Delgan, Zahedan, Sarbaz, Saravan, Sib and Souran, Fonouj, Kenarak, Mirjaveh, Nikshahr, and Hirmand.
“So far three people have been confirmed dead and one reported missing,” reported Press TV, the English-language service of state television.