RASHT, Gilan Province, April 21 - Severe floods across northern Iran caused enormous damage to infrastructure in a number of towns and villages on Thursday and Friday after pouring spring rains drenched northern and northwestern provinces of the country for about one week.
Heavy rains in the northern province of Gilan swelled rivers, causing devastating floods across the province.
Floods caused great damage to farms, buildings, rice fields and warehouses, bridges, and power lines located near the rivers.
Flash flooding in Fuman County killed a young girl.
Heavy showers of rain and hail in the northwestern province of Ardabil also caused floods, inflicting considerable damage to gardens, farms, buildings and roads.
PUL-I-KHUMI (PAN): Fourteen people were killed, three others injured and five more were missing after huge floods hit several districts in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Saturday.
Four people and 100 domestic animals were killed in Borki district, where 10 houses washed away by heavy floods, provincial Natural Disasters Management Authority head Mohammad Nasir Kohzada said.
Another six people were killed and five others went missing in Dhanighori district, he told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Police spokesman Jawed Basharat said four people had been killed and three others injured in various parts of Nahrin district, where nearly 1,000 livestock had perished.
Mullah Mohammadullah, a resident of Artablaq villag of Dana-i-Ghori district, said 50 houses were destroyed by floods, displacing 100 families. He complained the affected people were yet to receive any assistance.
Imperfect drainage and lack of proper canalization in Kabul cause serious problems for the residents during the rain that mostly follow huge financial looses.
The residents accuse the Kabul Municipality of neglecting the construction of proper drainage and canalization system, saying water rain flowing at the streets enter the houses, destroy and block the roads and make it hard for pedestrians.
Many residential units at Karte 3 area of Kabul were destroyed after the Chamcha Mast stream water level rose in the city.
The incomparable rain and rise in Kabul River level were the main reasons of such problems at Kabul, Muhammad Mehdi Anwari; the head of district 6 of Kabul said.
Although the rain is blessing and beneficial for the country but the residents demand the government for proper preparations in order to prevent disasters during the rain.
Meanwhile some of the parliamentarians demanded the municipality officials for respond to the destructions during the recent rain in Kabul.
Provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the three people were wounded when the roof of their house collapsed in Darai Noor district of Nangarhar province.
"Recent rains have caused massive floods in Shirzad and Gandumak area and destroyed eight shops and two houses," he said.
"There are reports of heavy rains in other districts as well."
Meanwhile, head of the Nangarhar Natural Disaster Emergency Response Department Abdul Wahab Shirzad said that aid agencies are ready to help all those affected.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed his condolences for the families of the victims and called on the aid agencies to provide them with emergency aid.