Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

High water challenges capacity of Iranian regime

There are non-political challenges in Iran, too.

Six more towns evacuated in Iran with more floods expected
Authorities in Iran are evacuating six more towns in the flood-hit south-western province of Khuzestan, Iranian state TV has reported.
Flood waters in Khorramabad in Lorestan
Gholamreza Shariati, the provincial governor, said rescue teams were taking residents to nearby shelters on Saturday, including three army barracks.

The evacuation orders came as a new round of flooding was expected.

Shariati said emergency discharges from dams and reservoirs were adding to the high floodwaters, but such measures were essential to prevent catastrophic breaches, with river waters continuing to rise upstream from the province…

The interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, told state TV that about 400,000 people were at risk out of the province’s population of 5 million.

Eleven towns and scores of villages have already been evacuated. There have been no evacuation orders for major cities, including the province’s capital, Ahvaz…

There have been no reports of damage to the province’s petroleum facilities, which account for roughly 80% of Iran’s oil production…

Heavy damage from the floods has been blamed in part on widespread disregard for safety regulations in the construction of buildings and roads near rivers.

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