WASHINGTON DC – More than 25 out of 31 provinces in Iran are hit by deadly flash floods in recent days and the crisis continues to escalate. From northern provinces of Mazandaran and Golestan to southern provinces of Fars and Bushehr, Iranian people are caught off guard by the deadly flood. The death toll is climbing, and the authorities refuse to alert, alarm or respond to public’s cry for help as they flee to save their own families.
In early March, a scholar-activist in North of Iran, Golestan Province, anonymously released a video clip documenting the abuse and misuse of environment while warning the inevitable flood in that region. Three weeks later that region faced a deadly flash flood killing several people with at least 70 villages in Golestan and more than 200 in Mazandaran submerged in water. The agricultural and farm land of these areas now face a dire economic consequence in coming months.
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