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Iran Blames US for Devastation Caused by Floods

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3 Apr 2019 (All day)
Iran Blames US for Devastation Caused by Floods
Iranian officials lashed out at the US this week, blaming sanctions meant to deter the Islamic Republic from pursuing its renegade nuclear program for the country’s inability to deal with massive flooding which has killed at least 47 people and caused wide-spread devastation to cities and infrastructure in 25 of the Islamic Republic’s 31 provinces. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo retorted in a statement Tuesday that "The regime blames outside entities when, in fact, it is their mismanagement that has led to this disaster." The US State Department has also made a public offer to send humanitarian aid to the Iranian Red Crescent through its affiliated Red Cross organizations, but the clerical regime in Teheran has yet to respond to the offer.

However, Iranian aid agencies have long complained about their difficulty in receiving aid from outside the country due to financial sanctions, while the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued a statement late last month admitting that “challenges caused by unilateral sanctions will affect the UN response and the accountability of UN to deliver the appropriate support."

Here is a recent video about the flooding in Iran



Meanwhile, flooding has also affected other countries in the region, with the UN announcing on Tuesday hat over 40,000 people have been forced to evacuate refugee camps in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib over the last few days. 

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