Heavy rain and floods affecting Iran since March 19, 2019 caused massive damage to the country’s agricultural sector, damaged 36% of the entire road network and left at least 62 people dead, as of April 4, 2019.
According to information provided by official sources, flooding has caused at least 47 trillion rials (about $350 million USD) to the country’s agricultural sector.
While the government assures flood-affected farmers that all losses will be compensated, speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, said the new year budget would not suffice to cover the damages.
36% of the country’s entire road network has been damaged, 84 bridges and nearly 2 200 rural roads washed away.
Across 15 provinces, 141 rivers burst their banks and around 400 landslides were reported,” a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Organisation, told state TV.
About 1 900 cities and villages have been affected in 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces.
At least 62 people have been killed so far and 86 000 people moved to emergency shelters.
Authorities say they are dealing with extreme flooding and heavy rainfall which at times equaled more than half of the annual average within 24 hours.
Golestan Province, for example, received 70% of its annual rainfall in just one day. This is unprecedented for the past 300 years, IFRC said.