Iranian MPs are saying that conditions in the western province of Lorestan which was ravaged by floods in the past few days was “on the verge of disaster” with homeless locals forced into open fields without minimum supplies.
Mahmoud Sadeghi, an MP from Tehran said that the conditions in Lorestan “were on the verge of a disaster” in a tweet addressed to Iran’s president Rouhani.
“Mr. Rouhani! Lorestan is on the verge of a disaster. Poldokhtar has slumped into mud. The basic needs of the people including food, water and medicine have not been provided. Disorder and lack of planning is extensive. Organizing this situation needs national management and a large budget. The situation will not be managed with weak provincial management and donations,” he tweeted today.
The town of Poldokhtar in Lorestan Province was engulfed by flood water in the past few days. When waters subsided, videos on social media showed cars and homes sunken in thick layers of mud.
The Representative of Poldokhtar in Iran’s parliament told the state-run Fars News Agency today that “a number of flood stricken locals have been living in open fields for two days”.
“There are a number of people who have spent two nights in open fields and have taken refuge in the mountains. They have nothing and the helicopters that go in those areas only give them a few packages of food,” Hamdireza Kazemi said.
He said that the people needed urgent aid in the form of water, food, tents and supplies for warmth adding that under current circumstances, “these relief supplies cannot be sent to them”.
The Majlis MP said that the number of helicopters were limited and could not provide adequate relief adding that roads had to be opened.
“The Route and Transportation Department has started establishing ground routes, but due to limited facilities, some provinces and ministries must take measures and come to the aid of the people,” Kazemi said in an open criticism of lack of government aid.
“Sixty villages are facing flood conditions and have no commutation routes with anywhere in Iran. The people in the town have no food, clothes and supplies. Half of the towns of Poldokhtar and (neighboring) Mamulan and around 20 villages are under water,” he added.