(Persia Digest) – Iran’s Meteorological Organization has forecast new waves of rainfall, snow and blizzards for several provinces in west, northwest, north and northeast of the country over the coming four days.

According to the forecast, rainfall and snow will cover the northwestern provinces on Saturday and will be followed in the afternoon by sporadic rainfall and strong winds in northeastern provinces with a cumulative rainfall between 10 to 25 ml.

Rainfall, snow and winds will begin again on Sunday evening and continue during Monday with an estimated 60ml rainfall in western, northwestern, and northern Iranian provinces.

The report added that rainfall in coastal areas and snowfall in the northern heights of Alborz Mountains will increase as of Monday.

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Persia Digest (PD) reports that during the past 40 days torrential rains have led to floods in a number of Iran’s northern provinces. UNICEF offices in Iran have also reported that over 10 million people have been affected by the fatal floods in three quarters of Iranian provinces. UNICEF added that two million people have sustained severe damages to their homes while another 500,000 have been displaced, half of whom are children.

According to UNICEF, more than 1,000 health centers and 1,000 schools have either been totally destroyed or seriously damaged by the floods and consequently, 100,000 children are deprived from schooling and more numbers have currently no access to basic healthcare.

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UNICEF has also requested a budget of USD 9.8MM to help affected children in flood-stricken areas in Iran. Eight million dollars of the total budget still remains to be provided.

Official reports say Iran’s recent devastating floods have so far claimed at least 76 lives and caused 30 to 35,000-billion-rial damages (over 2.5 billion dollars).

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