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Red Crescent Ready for Potential Flooding

TEHRAN, 29 September 2019 (IRCS) – Red Crescent teams are ready to respond to possible flooding particularly in the northern provinces of the country as Meteorological Organization has warned of heavy showers in the region.

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Red Crescent Ready for Potential Flooding

Iran’s Meteorological Organization has forecasted rainfall over some parts of the country this week causing flooding particularly in the northern provinces of Guilan and Mazandaran. The Meteorological Organization forecasts 35 to 70 mm of rainfall in the northern provinces.

“Red Crescent provincial branches have received our alerts,” said Morteza Salimi, Head of the Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS). “Hopefully, with the good preparedness of the provincial rapid-response teams, we will be able to deal with potential floods.”

Salimi called on the people not to stand in the flood path and pay attention to the Red Crescent warnings. He also said that people could call IRCS emergency number (112–Relief Voice) if they were at risk of flooding to inform Red Crescent Emergency Operational Center.

From mid-March to April, a nationwide flooding due to heavy rains and rising river levels affected many families mostly in the northern and southern provinces of the country. IRCS mobilized a total of 37,500 volunteers and staff to respond to the disaster, mobilizing relief helicopters and vehicles as well as boats. Furthermore, several governments and National Societies sent their in-kind contributions to Iran to support the flood-affected people.