TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force’ helicopters have so far conducted 105 sorties in relief and rescue operations in flood-hit areas across Iran, a senior commander of the IRGC Ground Force Airborne Unit said.
In remarks released on Saturday, Brigadier General Abbas Khani Arani said the choppers of the IRGC Ground Force Airborne Unit have been deployed to various provinces across the country to rescue flood-hit people.
“We deployed 6 helicopters to 4 flood-stricken provinces, conducting 105 sorties, during which 557 people were rescued,” he said.
The senior commander went on to say that the choppers completed over 76 hours of flights during their rescue and relief missions.
Amid unprecedented torrential rains in northern, western and southwestern Iran, the military forces have mobilized efforts to help people trapped in the flood-affected areas and evacuate residents in the regions with an emergency situation.
Record spring rainfall that has battered Iran in the past weeks caused serious flooding in many areas, mainly the provinces of Golestan, Lorestan, Khuzestan, Fars and Ilam, forcing thousands to leave their homes.
While residents in some western areas are still in need of relief aid, the Army Ground Force, the IRGC, and Basij have deployed forces, heavy military machinery, aircraft and boats to the disaster zones.
The death toll in the disaster has reached 67.