IN-DEPTH: The Catastrophic Floods in Iran

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A village in Lorestan

In the wake of the unprecedented and disastrous flooding in Iran, many Iranians were displaced from their homes, while others lost their homes all together.

What was certain is that the Khomeiniist regime was caught off guard and the depth of incompetence and lack of concern for the country and its citizens was once again exposed for all to see.

Much of the aid and relief provided for the victims of the flood was donated by the Iranian people who came to each other’s aid, lending a helping hand, shelter, foodstuff and so on.   

What came in the form of international aid was negligible and now the regime’s authorities have been forced to admit their illicit blackmarket business from international aid

Is aid from European Union reaching flood victims?

Germany’s ambassador to Iran tweeted that a plane containing humanitarian aid from Germany arrived with relief for Iranian flood victims. The French Foreign Ministry also announced on April 5, 12 donations of humanitarian aid, that included 114 pumps for the Iran’s flood-prone areas. The European Commission also announced that it has allocated € 1.2 million to Iran’s flood victims.

But the question is, do these donations come to flood survivors?

Over the past two decades, evidence has shown that any assistance to earthquakes or flood victims being brought to Iran disappears upon arrival and ends up being pilfered and ends up in black markets that lead back to various Islamic regime related individuals or apparatus.

The prominent Iranian Workers website, Iran Kargar writes:

“While flood-stricken people of Iran are in dire need of help, the Supreme Leader’s antipathy towards Western countries and the resulting political isolation of the Islamic Republic on the international scene have led to other nations’ near absolute lack of willingness to send aid to the people of Iran via the Iranian regime.

Beyond that reality, foreign countries have rightly realized that if they want to send any relief or aid, sifting and plundering by the regime-owned centers will not allow for any of it to reach the afflicted people in Iran. It was with that end, that the U.S. announced it was willing to help the people of Iran through the Red Cross and the Red Crescent societies. However, the leaders of the Islamic Republic, ignoring the needs of the flood-stricken people, dismissed the US proposal for relief.

Even the European countries did not provide any real assistance to the Iranian regime, and so far their offer of aid has remained limited to Twitter messages of solidarity. The British, German, and French ambassadors in Tehran were among the European diplomats who expressed sympathy with the flood-stricken people in Iran.

The Arab countries of the region have endured the most abuse, at the hands of  Islamic regime, given [Tehran’s] constant interference in their internal affairs. As such, most of them did not submit a formal proposal to send aid to the flood victims of Iran. Only Kuwait said it would send humanitarian aid; while the Lebanese ambassador to Tehran expressed sympathy on Twitter.

It is surprising that Russia and China, two countries that repeatedly support the Islamist regime’s policies against the West, did not send any help to the flood victims in Iran. Only the Russian embassy in Tehran conveyed condolences to the Iranian people on its Twitter account.”

Social media users who have been posting videos that Iranians manage to send out with the most minimal bandwidth, lambasted organizations in charge of relief efforts for their poor performance and lack of coordination. And Iranians throughout the country have shown their increasing contempt for Khomeiniist authorities.

As flood victims all across the country who are faced with the governmental authorities’ neglect, create their own makeshift accommodations.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told high-ranking civilian officials and military commanders Tuesday evening, April 2, that they should have anticipated damage caused by floods and prepared for it.

Khamenei said, among other necessary measures, rivers and dams should have been dredged prior to the deluge, construction in the vicinity of rivers should have been banned and chopping trees should have been avoided.

An Iranian cartoonist captures the Supreme Leader and Khomeiniist regime’s willful neglect of Iran and Iranians.

Khamenei’s criticism regarding the regime’s lack of preparedness is another absurd attempt at shirking responsibility, as he is the final word and the highest authority in the Khomeiniist regime hierarchy. He controls the most important levers of power in Iran and can fire officials and choose their replacements at will or via orders to the executive, judiciary and even legislative branches of the regime.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) too has also claimed not to be responsible, shifting the blame onto ‘the government’ for its inability to deal with the crisis. The IRGC ground forces commander Mohammad Pakpoor has said: “there is no management in the rescue and aid operations and no government official would dare to show up in the area because people are in a rebellious mood.” 

A farmer standing in his drowned fields.

Environmental experts have blamed widespread human deforestation, development of areas close to major streams and flagrant exploitation of mines, as major reasons for the amount of devastation that has occurred, destroying towns, villages, farmlands and businesses throughout Iran.

Investigative journalist Yashar Soltani wrote on Twitter that 70 percent of forests in the widely flooded Golestan province are at the disposal of “influential individuals and companies” for exploitation. Others on social media have named top clerics in the province being among those who benefit from widespread deforestation.

Soltani reported that 47,013 hectares of forests have been given to the Gorgan Seminary and another 13,000 hectares to the IRGC. The Shrine of Imam Reza in Mash’had also “owns” 991 hectares of forests in the same area.

Dams reach their breaking point

What is certain is that many of the dams that were flagrantly built by the Khomeiniist regime authorities, diverting water from flowing to necessary areas that created the drought to begin with, have begun to crack or overflow. 

 

Location of the Karkheh Dam in Iran

One such dam is the Karkheh dam in the province of Khuzestan, which is already six meters above it’s limit. The regime authorities have been notified and are aware of this potential disaster, however, for now, all they have managed to accomplish is the evacuation of seven towns, many villages, four hospital and much more has been evacuated for fear of an even worse deluge tearing through this already devastated area. Relief in those areas have not made a dent in the needs of the flood victims and emergency services have not sufficed by any stretch of the imagination.

While the Khomeiniist regime’s authorities drown out international attention from the flood, with photo ops at the Islamic Parliament MPs’ solidarity with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards being placed on the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization list, Iran’s flood victims are forced to endure another onslaught of a devastation that could have been properly organized and coordinated. 

Meanwhile, in many parts of Iran, angry Iranians have begun to further protest against the regime for it’s dereliction of duty in the face of this crisis. As seen below where people are chanting “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to Rouhani” as the small chopper delivers the most basic of necessities to victims.

Fearing serious backlash from angry protesters, the Khomeiniist regime had dispatched some of it foreign terror proxies to flood areas where protests are increasing; reportedly many lower ranking Iranian members of the IRGC and Basij forces are reluctant to assault already suffering flood victims. 

Shia Afghan forces known as the Fatemiyoun Division arrive in Iran to quash protests by Iranian flood victims.

Among the first militia proxies that have been deployed, are Shi’a Afghan forces known as the Fatemiyoun Division, who have been fighting as an auxiliary to the IRGC, in Syria. The Fatemiyoun are being sent to various areas of the Province of Lorestan which has sustained some of the most devastating damages; especially the areas of Khorramabad and Pol’eh-Dokhtar. Residents of Lorestan (Lors) are working overtime to get the news of their area out to the public (below video is from a man in Lorestan, who speaks in English), as Tehran’s authorities have imposed a news blackout on the area. 

 

Other groups being moved into Iranian soil, to quash Iranian protesters, is the Iraqi IRGC proxy known as Hashd al-Shaabi, as seen in the below video where they are driving through the city of Ahvaz, in the province of Khuzestan.

 

 

Meanwhile, in a melee between the IRGC and angry locals on April 3rd, at least one protester in town of Soossangerd and Dasht’eh-Azadegan in the province of Khuzestan was killed and several others were wounded. Reports indicate that a number of civilians have been injured and one, by the name of Aboud Jalizi, who was shot in the neck by IRGC agents, later lost his life. In one video the sound of the IRGC shooting can be heard.

Aboud Jalizi was an area resident of the province of Khuzestan who was fatally shot in the neck by members of the IRGC.

 

Dasht’eh-Azadegan clashes between armed members of the IRGC who shot at area flood victims.

 

The IRGC had opened emergency hatches on dams built by the locals in a nearby area to prevent floodwaters from entering their farms. The Guards however, were trying to prevent floodwaters from reaching area oil wells under their control.

More rain and flooding on the way
Locations across southwest and northern Iran will be the most likely to have thunderstorms capable of producing additional flooding problems during this time.

Accuweather forecasts more rain accompanied by flooding, for the region, by April 17th. 

 

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