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France to send aid to flood-hit Iran regions

An aerial view of flood-hit areas in Golestan Province in northern Iran on March 21, 2019 [Presidency of Iran / Handout / Anadolu Agency]
An aerial view of flood-hit areas in Ghaleh, Iran on 23 March 2019 [Presidency of Iran/Handout/Anadolu Agency

France will airlift 12 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including 114 pumps, to flood-hit regions in Iran, the French foreign ministry said yesterday, as reported on Reuters.

Exceptionally heavy rains since 19 March have flooded some 1,900 cities and villages, killing 62 people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to Iranian agriculture, leaving aid agencies struggling to cope.

France said the first shipments would start in coming days, adding that Iranian authorities had asked for assistance.

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