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Days of deadly floods and landslides wreak havoc in Iran | Flood News

Dozens have died and at least 45 are missing after most provinces of Iran were affected by flooding.

Tehran, Iran – More than a week of flooding and landslides across Iran have killed dozens and prompted a search to find many more missing.

At least 69 people have died in floods across the country since the current month of Mordad in Iran began on July 23, Nejad Jahani, deputy head of the country’s crisis management organization, said Sunday.

Another 22, all tourists, sat by or in the dried-up river. killed by surprise In the town of Esterban in the southern province of Fars, just before the start of the month.

Jahani told the state-run IRNA news website that 24 of Iran’s 31 provinces were coping with the floods, leaving 45 people missing and 20,000 homes damaged. He added that six Iraqi civilians had died.

A video allegedly shot near the holy city of Mashhad, regularly visited by Iraqi pilgrims, circulated on social media on Saturday and showed a van being hauled along a mudflow.

Other videos posted online showed harrowing scenes of homes and streets being engulfed in mud and cars being destroyed by strong currents.

Floods and landslides are deadliest in Tehran province, with 19 dead and 5 missing, only in the area of ​​Imamzadeh Daboud at the foot of the Alborz mountains.

Mazandaran province in the north and Yazd province in the center have also been hard hit, with local authorities reporting considerable damage to parts of the historic district of Yazd city, forcing government offices to close on Sunday. rice field.

The ancient city of Yazd, listed as a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has brick mud houses and narrow alleyways that increase its vulnerability to flooding.

According to Agriculture Minister Javad Sadatinejad, monsoon rains have so far caused more than 60 trillion rials (about $200 million) in damage to the agricultural sector.

Tens of thousands of animals and livestock also died in the floods, officials said.

In the capital Tehran, two water purification plants were shut down, but officials said the disruption had not affected the water supply in the big city and the facilities had been restored by the end of Saturday.

Officials have warned of more rain in the southern and northern states, warning citizens to avoid gathering along riverbanks and other potentially dangerous areas.

One of the benefits of the downpour is increased water storage in dams and reservoirs across the country, especially in dry provinces such as Fars, Kerman, Sistan and Balochistan.

This is while Iran has in recent years battled an unprecedented drought in decades. increase.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/31/days-of-deadly-floods-and-landslides-wreak-havoc-in-iran Days of deadly floods and landslides wreak havoc in Iran | Flood News

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