This flood was a result of an intense and prolonged heavy rainfall that poured down upon the city of Astara on September 18. In a span of only 12 hours, an astonishing 220 mm of rain was recorded, with a notable amount of 135 mm falling between the early hours of 3:30 am and 6:30 am on Monday.
Understanding the urgency of the situation, the Red Crescent promptly established emergency sheltering centers in various locations within Astara, including Lavandevil, Kanrud, and Sibli. These centers were strategically positioned to effectively provide aid and support to 130 affected households. The relief efforts conducted by the Red Crescent did not discriminate between residents and travelers, ensuring that all individuals in need were given the assistance they required.
Alongside the provision of shelter, vital sustenance was distributed to those affected through the distribution of food parcels. This initiative aimed to provide a source of sustenance for at least 72 hours, acknowledging the immediate need for nourishment for the affected households. Furthermore, recognizing the importance of access to clean and safe water, the Red Crescent went above and beyond by installing five water tanks in the areas that were severely affected by the flood.
The aid workers of the Red Crescent also undertook the responsibility of ensuring the safe transportation of 280 individuals to secure locations. This effort was undertaken to ensure the safety and well-being of those who were stranded or trapped due to the flood. By providing a means of transport to secure locations, the Red Crescent aimed to alleviate the anxiety and fear that often accompanies such natural disasters.