FLOODS HIT SOUTHERN IRAN

Provinces of Fars, Kerman, and hormozgan and sistan baluchestan have been affected by flooding for the past few days. The number of people injured in the recent floods reached 14, while some others are still missing.

The Iranian Red Crescent society (ircs) said the past days, 29 provinces of the country were affected by snow, blizzards and floods.  Additionally, water was pumped out of 233 flooded houses and 175 cares were released from snow and floods.

Relief operations for those affected by floods, snow and blizzards have been carried out in the country with the effort of 479 teams including 1,926 IRSC forces

20% of areas at high risk of floods

Twenty percent of areas across Iran are highly prone to flooding. ”precipitation in Iran is one-third of the world’s average, as the country is located in a dry and fragile region they experience 11 millimeters decrease in precipitation every 10 years and an increase in evaporation of more than 150 millimeters every year

Rainfall fluctuation usually leads to flood and devastation, so comprehensive planning for watershed management and flood control is required” head of forests, range, and watershed management organization (FRWMO) stated

Since most of the water supply is extracted from groundwater resources, the country is in a critical condition in terms of groundwater resources because perception is less than water withdrawal from the aquifers, so the best way to store rainwater is watershed and aquifer projects

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