The UN and international community are strongly committed to supporting the Government and the people of Iran at this critical time, said the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran Ugochi Daniels in a statement delivered during a press conference at the Ministry of Interior on the UN’s response to support Iran’s Government’s efforts to help people affected by the floods.
The full text of her press statement reads:
We all, at the UN, are deeply saddened by the loss of life, injuries and damage caused by the severe floods in Iran. On behalf of the UN family and on behalf of the Secretary General, let me again extend my sincere condolences to the families of the victims, to the Government, and to the people of Iran.
We want to recognize the government’s search and rescue efforts. However, loss and damage of critical infrastructure (homes, roads, railways, etc.) is significant.
We note that floods are continuing, and the Government rescue and relief operations are ongoing.
The UN and international community are strongly committed to supporting the Government and the people of Iran at this critical time. We had and continue to have excellent and close cooperation with the government particularly the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior.
We have had and continue to have excellent close coordination and cooperation with the government and international community on our response to this emergency.
So far, the UN has made available, over and above our existing and general resources, 1,420,000 for the ongoing immediate flood response with emergency medical supplies, water, sanitation, hygiene, health and shelter.
After immediate life-saving assistance, the UN and international community continue to support government-led efforts for mid-term and long-term strategies to mitigate natural disasters and therefore more funding is needed for immediate, medium and long-term actions. In spite of the challenges caused by the prevailing political climate, the UN has been able to deliver appropriate and timely support, particularly for the procurement and delivery of necessary items to the country. We continue to work with all concerned parties to effectively address humanitarian needs. It is also important that you know that it is not just the UN in Iran but all over, our Headquarters, whether in New York, or Geneva or Vienna are very committed to ensuring that the UN’s work continues unhindered.
While in New York working with colleagues in the UN HQ on support to the UN in Iran, I closely followed the ongoing crisis in Iran on social media. I was touched by the stories of people’s dignity, strength of human spirit, resilience, and support for one another; communities have been united by this tragedy. Children donating their Nowruz gifts for flood victims.
In the area of Health, UN supports the efforts of the Ministry of Health, and is providing technical assistance with essential health services and emergency medical supplies.
Unprecedented heavy rains caused floods in various parts of Iran over the past two weeks. Scores of people were killed and injured and a large number were displaced across the country.