Reports indicate that 56 villages around the Dez and Karkheh rivers have been evacuated as floods threaten the southwestern province of Khuzestan in Iran.
The government has announced that 45 people lost their lives during the 12 days of flooding that engulfed many areas in Iran though local and eyewitness reports indicate that more than 200 people lost their lives.
In western Iran, the head of the Lorestan Crisis Management Organization said that the flooding in Lorestan was unprecedented adding that the crisis could not be handled with the province’s limited facilities.
At least eight villages and parts of the town of Dorud have been evacuated, Fars state-run news agency said.
A provincial official said that severe rain and snow in the town would intensify problems in the upcoming hours.
The head of the province’s traffic police also said that the southern transit highway and most major streets of Lorestan were blocked.
In the city of Mamulan in Lorestan, flood waters have engulfed homes with water reaching the rooftops.
This morning in an interview with Iran’s state-run TV, the Assistant Head of Development at the Lorestan Governorate said that 150,000 people in the province’s capital, Khorramabad, had to evacuate the city due to rising flood water.
In the neighboring province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari three dams have overflowed and villages in the vicinity have been evacuated.
In the western province of Kermanshah, reports indicate that 30 villages are surrounded by flood water and that seven villages had been evacuated.
Locals have said that no safe haven has been provided for the thousands of people who have been forced to evacuate their homes while many complain that the government has not provided adequate relief to flood stricken areas.