Metropol tower in Abadan, Khuzestan province, Iran collapsed on Monday, May 23rd. The tower is owned by a financial holding with corruption charges and illegal relations with official authorities. At the time of writing this, 16 people were dead and 37 wounded.
The initial investigation showed that the Metropol tower owner was so careless that he did not take engineering principles into consideration. Actually, “Hossein Abodolbaghi” is a business mogul who cares about only financial gains. Reportedly, he was among the dead people but it has not been verified by local sources.
The fallen tower is another calamity in the series of disasters after the 1979 revolution in Iran. ABADANIS are still suffering from the aftermath. They have water shortage problems that threaten their lives. Moreover, They must cope with polluted weather and poisoned dust in the air. City officials and the government deliberately exacerbate the situation to make people tired and hopeless.
While ABADAN is among the birthplaces of oil and generates huge income for the government, Its people live in poverty. Having a very low standard car like Pride (KIA) and working as a driver for an internet taxi company is not what they expected. Now the Iranian government is responsible for the death toll in ABADAN which is a new wound to the city.
In 1978 Cinema REX (movie theater) in ABADAN was set ablaze which led to the death of more than 400 innocent moviegoers. It was the beginning of sorrow and sadness for ABADAN. The following years were full of misery including war, torture, poverty, corruption, and so on.
ABADANIS are passionate people with a great sense of humor. They love their local soccer team (called Sanat-e-naft) and support the team in host and away games. Falafel is their favorite food with special recipes, only they know. Unfortunately, these beautiful traditions and cultural heritages are in danger of oblivion, since the government keeps people poor and consequently they lose their interests day by day.