According to Iran’s Emergency Organization eight people died due to accidents from snowstorms in Iran’s northern provinces.
The reports carried by Iran’s state-run media said that in the northern province of Gilan, five people were killed from an avalanche in Roudbar, one person died after falling off a rooftop and another person died after the roof of his/her home caved in. At least 78 people were injured.
An eight person died today in Khalkhal, northwestern Iran because he/she did not have access to medical treatment. The report did not elaborate on the exact cause of death.
According to the report, more than 250,000 people do not have power in Gilan. Water has also been cut off in many parts of the northern province as a result of the snowstorms.
Snow has not been plowed from many roads and streets and people are stuck in their homes without power and in some cases, even water.
A communications official said that due to the power failure, around 60% of communication routes including landlines and cellphones lines have also been cut off.
Reports from state-media say that the regime is trying to provide aid to locals stuck in the snow and in their homes. But Iranians on social media say otherwise.
“We live in Rasht. It’s been 24 hours since the snow stopped falling and its now 48 hours that we don’t have power,” a resident of Rasht said in a social media report.
“People don’t even have drinking water. They melt snow for drinking water which is very bad for their health. We have seen no tangible aid from the National Disaster Management Organization or the Red Crescent, etc. Even though the weather is better, roads and streets have yet to be plowed and all factories are still closed,” the report said adding that locals were suffering economic blows.
The Rasht resident also said that the water and electricity departments were not answering their phones.
Locals say that the snowstorm was forecasted two weeks ago and yet the regime did not carry out any preparations to prevent the current crisis.
The lack of aid to locals in times of natural disasters is not unprecedented in Iran. Many flood and earthquake stricken Iranians of previous natural disasters are still suffering from lack of aid with many still living in tents and makeshift homes, years after the disasters.