Addressing a press conference with foreign reporters in Tehran on 6 May, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Secretary General Mahmoud Reza Peyravi said: “Cash contributions will be more effective to help flood victims.”

“Iranians inside the country have donated RIs. 1,580 billion (nearly 38 million US dollars) to the flood-affected people through the Red Crescent bank account and payment code,” stated Peyravi, adding, “public cash contributions will soon be clear and it will be granted to the flood-affected households.”

The Iranians have also donated RIs. 700 billion (nearly 17 million US dollars) worth of in-kind items to the flood-hit people and the Red Crescent has distributed them to the affected people.

The Iranian Red Crescent has not used any public cash contributions even to replace relief items in its warehouses.

He also noted that since various organizations had been collecting cash aids for flood victims, it was therefore foreseen that a committee be set up to distribute donations so that all households benefited from public aids.

Referring to the voluntary cash contributions from some countries to Iran’s flood victims, the IRCS secretary general said: “Unfortunately, no way has yet been opened to receive foreign cash contributions and we still have not received the amount of foreign cash aids.”

According to Peyravi, the Iranian Red Crescent protested officially about the imposition of the US sanctions on humanitarian operations in the recent meeting of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva.

Furthermore, the IRCS secretary general said that German and Canadian Red Cross had allocated account numbers for collecting donations to support the IRCS relief operation in responding to flood-affected people.

Iranian Red Crescent is also sustaining sanctions on providing devices for its rescue helicopters.

“Although the Iranian Red Crescent is a non-governmental organization and it should be exempted from the sanctions, it has not been able to purchase three rescue helicopters despite funding,” Peyravi said, adding, “Even 6 helicopters are suspended to provide spare parts for repairs.”