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UAE, Saudi Arabia send aid to flood-stricken Iran

Flooded streets in Agh Ghaleh, Iran on 23 March 2019 [Ali DEHGHAN / fars news/AFP/Getty]
An aerial view of flood-hit areas in Ghaleh, Iran on 23 March 2019 [Ali DEHGHAN / fars news/AFP/Getty]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have organised aid packages to help those affected by floods in Iran.

The UAE Red Crescent said in a statement on its website that a plane carrying 95 tonnes of humanitarian aid was heading to Iran as part of a joint UAE-Saudi initiative to alleviate the suffering of Iranians affected by floods.

This, it added, was an effort to implement the directives of UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Russia Today reported.

“Two million Iranians have been affected by the floods that killed at least 76 people across the country since March and who need urgent humanitarian assistance,” the UAE Red Crescent said.

About 1,900 cities and villages have been affected by floods after exceptionally heavy rains since 19 March.

The disaster has left aid agencies struggling to cope and seen 86,000 people moved to emergency shelters.

The government has told citizens, and especially flood-affected farmers, that all losses will be compensated.

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