IRAN (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Two million Iranians affected by floods that have killed at least 76 people across the country since March need humanitarian assistance, the Red Crescent said Monday.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods “the biggest disaster in Iran in more than 15 years,” a statement said.
The floods have killed more than 1,000 people and killed at least 78 people since March 19, the official said.
About 10 million people in 2000 have been affected by floods and more than 500,000 have been displaced, according to the NGO.
“The Red Crescent has contacted more than 457,000 people,” the NGO said.
More rain has fallen since Saturday in the largely desert east of the country, and authorities have issued a new warning of flooding in vast areas. The media reported floods and broken roads.
The authorities said that 25 of the 31 provinces in the country had been damaged, more than 14,000 kilometers of roads were damaged, and the cost of damage was estimated at between 300 and 350,000 billion riyals (between 1.93 billion and 2.25 billion euros).
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