Iran Offers Aid, Condoles With Kashmiris

Iran Thursday said it was ready to send aid to people affected by the deadly floods in the Kashmir region controlled respectively by India and Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham expressed sympathy with the families of the flood victims and voiced Tehran’s readiness to send humanitarian aid to the flood-hit areas of Kashmir which was affected by what is reported to be the most ferocious flood in a century.

Afkham said Iran was ready to immediately dispatch necessary goods, including foodstuff and medical aid, to the flood-stricken areas.

On September 21, an Iranian delegation visited the flood-hit Indian-controlled Kashmir to assess the situation and provide support to the people in the disaster zone.

The delegation, dispatched by the Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei, met the affected people and expressed support for the stricken region.

The team was shocked at the level of damage inflicted by the devastating floods.

Since September 3, over 80 percent of Srinagar has been devastated. Hundreds of people have lost their lives and tens of thousands have been displaced.

Health experts have warned that stagnant waters in the aftermath of the devastating floods could create conditions for serious disease outbreaks in the Himalayan region.

Doctors say they have already witnessed cases of diarrhoea, skin allergies and fungus, and worry that a crisis could be looming with countless bloated livestock carcasses floating across the waterlogged region.

The presence of the Iranian team in the flood-hit areas drew positive reactions from many, including the political and religious leaders of Kashmir.

People in the Indian-controlled Kashmir have criticized New Delhi’s handling of rescue operations.

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