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Floods in southern Iran kill more than 20 people

Tehran: Floods in southern Iran have killed at least 21 people and left others missing after heavy rains in mostly dry countries, state media reported on Saturday. “21 people have died and two are still missing,” said the head of the Red Crescent Society in a flood that affected Estahban County and several surrounding towns in Fars Province. Hossein Darvishi was reportedly mentioned by the state. tv set.

Videos posted on local and social media showed that the car was caught and carried away by the rising waters of the Ludoball River while parents were trying to save their children from the car. “Around 5 pm yesterday, heavy rains caused floods in central Estahban County,” said Yousef Kargar, Governor of Estahban, according to the state news agency IRNA. Estafburn is 174 kilometers east of the capital city of Shiraz. The tragedy happened on a summer weekend in Iran. Families tend to head to cooler areas such as riversides, lakesides and valleys.

“Many locals and tourists (from other areas) who went along the river and were on the riverbed were involved in the floods due to rising water levels,” Kargar added. Iran has withstood repeated droughts over the last decade, but has also withstood regular floods. This is exacerbated by torrential rains on tanned land. A photo released by Iran’s Red Crescent Shows that rescuers are walking on cracked, dry soil while others are working among the reeds.

In 2019, a major flood in the southern part of the country killed at least 76 people and caused an estimated $ 2 billion or more. In January, flash floods were first reported to have killed two people during heavy rains in Fars, killing at least eight people in southern Iran. Scientists say climate change amplifies extreme weather events, including the potential for increased drought and storm intensity.

Depletion

Like other neighbors, Iran has suffered from chronic dry spells and heat waves for years, which are expected to worsen. In the last few months, there have been demonstrations against river depletion, especially in central and southwestern Iran. In November last year, tens of thousands of people gathered on the dry bed of the Sayanderud River, which runs through the central city of Isfahan, complaining about the drought and accusing authorities of diversion of water. Security forces said they fired tear gas and arrested 67 people when protests intensified.

Last week, official media said Iranian police had arrested several suspects who had disturbed security after protesting the depletion of a lake that was once considered the largest in the Middle East. According to the United Nations Environment Program, Lake Urmia in the mountainous region of northwestern Iran began to shrink in 1995 due to a combination of long-term drought and water extraction for agriculture and dams. In Iraq, adjacent to December, twelve people were killed in flash floods that struck the northern part of the country, despite a severe drought. – AFP

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