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Norway renders humanitarian aid to Iran flood survivors

Tehran, The Norwegian diplomatic mission in Iran announced in its Facebook account that Norway Foreign Ministry has sent humanitarian aid to Iranian floodstricken people.

'The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has, through the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), earmarked NOK 6 million (equivalent to almost USD 710,000) to address the immediate and basic needs of those affected by the recent floods in Iran,' Norway embassy in Tehran said.

'Shortly after the devastating floods hit, NRC sent, in coordination with Iranian authorities, teams to provinces where the brunt of the destruction had occurred,' it added.

'Their assessment ensures NRC's response reaches those most in need and will contribute towards Iran's efforts in alleviating the loss of livelihoods and infrastructure,' Norway diplomatic mission noted.

'The scale of the damage from the floods has not been seen by at least two generations in Iran', Olivier Vandecasteele, NRC Iran's Country Director was quoted as saying.

'Clearly recovery and reconstruction will need extensive longer term support,' Vandecasteele adds.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has operated in Iran since 2012 supporting the Government efforts in providing assistance to vulnerable populations, in particular the millions of displaced Afghans, which Iran hosts.

Unprecedented heavy rains caused floods in various parts of Iran. Scores of people were killed and 478 others were injured while a large number of people were displaced across Iran.

The disaster coincided with the high season of Iranians' trips as they were spending the national twoweek holidays of Nowruz.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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