UNICEF Iran: Funding Requirements for Emergency Response

April 2019


As of 8 April, 10 million people in 24 of Iran’s 31 Provinces have been affected by severe floods, with 2 million being severely affected and in direct need of lifesaving measures. At least 70 people died and 1,076 were injured. The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has been able to assist 202,000 people in need. Over 1,270 villages have been affected, and around 78 inter-city roads and 2,200 rural roads are blocked due to the destruction caused by the flooding. Six provinces remain in a state of emergency: Ilam, Kermanshah, Lorestan, Khuzestan, Kohkilouyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, and Chahar Mahal Bakhtiari. It is estimated that flooding has caused at least US $3.5 billion of losses.

Over 1,000 health facilities and over 1,000 schools have been either completely destroyed or partially damaged. At least 500,000 people are reportedly displaced, 107,000 of them in emergency tents, and the remainder in collective centres or residing with host communities. Over 100,000 children are reported to be out of school. The main sectors in need of immediate assistance are water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), health, education, protection, and shelter.

Ongoing response

›› As sector lead, UNICEF collected data from Government partners and has mobilized UN and non-government partners to consolidate assessments and response plans for the Education, WASH, and Protection sectors and is working closely with WHO and other partners in the Health sector. UN’s support for Shelter is being managed by UNHCR and UNHabitat.

›› UNICEF dispatched 80 refrigerators, 200 vaccine carriers, and 100 cold boxes to restore essential

immunization services in affected provinces (these supplies will arrive in Iran within a week). 400 items of growth monitoring equipment have already arrived in Tehran. These supplies replace those lost in the floods.

›› UNICEF is part of field teams currently assessing the situation in Ilam, Golestan and Lorestan Provinces.

Estimated funding requirements

US $9,8 MILLION (9,830,000)

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