TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri pledged that the forces would make every effort to provide relief for the flood-stricken people across the country.
Speaking to reporters in the western city of Khorramabad on Saturday, Major General Baqeri said the main objective behind his visit to the flood-hit areas is to become more familiar with the conditions and problems of the people so that he would be able to better mobilize the Armed Forces’ equipment and capacities for relief efforts.
“God Willing, we will make the maximum effort to serve the people and reduce their sufferings and problems,” the top general added.
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.