Residents of Hamadan Seljeh village have not returned home six months after the floods. Hamadan Seljeh is one of the 13 flood-hit villages in the central part of Hamidieh county, in Khuzestan.
This spring, with the overflowing of Karkheh river, some 13 villages submerged under water. Women and children of Hamadan Seljeh are still living in trailers or tents.
Women of this village say: As long as it is not our own home, we cannot live comfortably. Keeping the trailer and the children clean is a tough job. We have trouble in bathing and washing. Everyone’s worried about another flood and that we are living in trailers.
They have not yet received any specific response for new housing.
Citing the European Commission, the United Nations estimated that at least 12 million citizens across Iran have been affected by the recent devastating floods. The European Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM) says the incident has been the worst natural disaster happening in Iran in the past 15 years, affecting 2,000 cities and town in 31 provinces. ReliefWeb, the specialized digital service of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says two million people are in need of humanitarian aid and over half a million people have been displaced from their places of residence.
In the past 40 years, the clerical regime’s fraudulent agencies, particularly the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), have reaped huge profits through destruction of the environment and nature including by irregular construction of hundreds of dams and tunnels, diversion of the natural paths of rivers, confiscation and sale of lands on river banks, illegal blocking and construction in the natural paths of flood, deforestation to sell the woods and lands, etc.
They have done so without observing the basic rules essential to any construction. Consequently, they have left the people of Iran defenseless in the face of natural incidents.