Volunteer aid workers drowned in Golestan flood classified as 'martyred during service'
The Leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei accepted a request by his representative in Golestan province for classifying six aid workers who drowned when their boat capsized in Gomishan city as 'martyred during service'.
Six aid workers, some of them local Sunni Muslims, drowned in floodwaters whilst operating as volunteer aid workers in Gomishan.
Gomishan is a city located in Torkaman County, in Golestan Province.
Record late winter and early spring rainfall that battered Iran from 19 March caused serious flooding in many areas, mainly the provinces of Golestan, Lorestan, Khuzestan, Fars, and Ilam, forcing thousands to leave their homes.
While residents in some western areas are still in need of relief aid, the Army Ground Force, the IRGC, and Basij volunteer forces have deployed heavy military machinery, aircraft and boats to the flood-hit disaster zones.
Today Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami highlighted the Armed Forces’ major role in relief and rescue operations in flood-hit areas across the country and said all of the capacities of the forces have been provided to the Crisis Management Organization.
Speaking at a gathering of local commanders of the southwestern province of Khuzestan on Saturday, he further pointed to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s ordering the Armed Forces to help flood victims and said since the order, all equipment has been deployed and given to the Crisis Management Organization.