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Deadly Ahwaz Flood Costs Escalate to USD350mn

The floods that hit the Ahwaz region earlier this year and devastated farms and homes have caused IRR10.5 trillion  (USD350mn) of damage, according to the latest estimates by the provincial assistant director of construction and civil engineering.

The situation is worsened by the failure to invest in adequate drainage. Ahwazi farmers complain that corruption by Jahad Nasr Hamzeh, a civil engineering company, meant that only 10% of the IRR220mn of funds dedicated to drainage projects over a 550 hectare region were actually spent. They have had to foot the bill for the destruction of their homes and farms as a result of maladministration and corruption.

Floods also carry a death toll, claiming a record number of lives through drowning this year. According to Khouz News, Khuzestan province has the highest number of deaths through drowning.

In the first three months of this year, 56 people died in the rivers of the province, according to the head of the region's Red Crescent Ali Khoda Dadi. He claimed that the lack of medical equipment and safeguards contributes to the deaths.