Heavy rains have caused severe floods to sweep across Iran in the past two weeks, causing widespread destruction of homes, communities and infrastructure, and causing the deaths of at least 62 people. Iran is shocked and grieving.
Watch a video of the flooding in one city [disturbing scenes].
After suffering from a decades-long drought, Iran has seen unprecedented rainfall since 19th March. The Red Crescent tweeted that one province had received 70% of its annual rainfall in one day. More rain is expected in the coming days.
- Floods have hit 26 of Iran’s 31 provinces.
- Flood-related deaths have been reported in 11 provinces (21 deaths in Fars, 14 in Lorestan, 8 in Golestan and others elsewhere).
- Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, with many being housed in emergency shelters; others have been left without shelter.
- 141 rivers burst their banks and around 400 landslides were reported.
- Nearly 7,500 miles (12,000km) of roads are damaged - 36% of the road network.
- Agricultural losses are estimated at $180 million (USD).
Nearby Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have also been suffering with severe floods. In Afghanistan nearly 13,000 houses have been either partially or completely destroyed.
Many Christians in Iran are doing what they can to help amid the turmoil and distress. They need our prayers as they seek to provide for people’s basic needs. Pray for strength and compassion, and that they would shine the light and hope of Christ in this painful situation.
Please also join us in praying:
- For all those affected by this disaster, including those grieving the loss of loved ones, homes, livelihoods and communities.
- For wisdom and integrity for the authorities and relief agencies who are responding.
Thank you so much for your prayers.