Imam Khamenei urges immediate relief aid to flood-hit areas

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khamenei in a message late on Saturday expressed condolences to the families of flood victims in provinces of East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, Kurdestn and Ardebil and called on the officials to immediately provide relief aid to those affected and help relieve their sufferings.

The message reads that flood in provinces of East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, Kurdestn and Ardebil which killed dozens of dear fellow- countrymen and caused heavy damage is a disastrous and painful incident.

On Saturday, Imam Khamenei, in a message, expressed condolences over the “tragic and painful” deaths of a number of Iranians in the flooding and stressed all efforts need to be oriented towards rendering assistance to the affected people, PressTV reported.  

“I offer condolences and sympathy to the bereaved [families of the victims] and the affected … and pray for their peace,”Imam Khamenei said.

“It is the prime duty of the concerned authorities to rush to the help of the affected and alleviate their sufferings, and there should be no dereliction of duty in this regard,” Imam Khamenei said.

Torrential downpours have caused flooding and landslides in four provinces in Iran’s northwest, killing a total of 48 people, IRNA reported.

As many as 20 people lost their lives in the village of Chinar in Ajabshir, while 22 people were killed in Azarshahr.

In Kordestan province, floods killed one person in the village of Nanoor. Four others died in a landslide in Saqqez.

Another person had died in the West Azerbaijan province.

Search and rescue operations have been underway, and military and law enforcement forces have been asked to assist.

Shahin Fat-hi, of the Iranian Red Crescent Society’s Search and Rescue Department, meanwhile, told ISNA that the operations had provided assistance to as many as 1150 people in 33 cities and villages.

He said 133 people had been accommodated in temporary shelters, 15 transferred to safe areas, and six taken to medical centers to receive due services.

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