Flash Flooding Hits Northern Iran, 2 Killed, 5 Missing
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Two people were killed and five others are still unaccounted for as heavy rainfall and flooding has hit Iran’s northern province of Mazandaran, the director general of the crisis management organization of the province announced.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Ali Asghar Ahmadi said following Saturday’s heavy rainfall, all cities in the province witnessed severe flooding and relief workers in the province are struggling to reopen roads in the flood-stricken areas.
In Kamangar Kola village near the city of Amol, two residents were killed and another injured after a tree fell on their car, he said.
Ahmadi further warned that the rainfall will continue tonight and all relief workers, including those of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), are on full alert.
Earlier on Thursday, media reports said that 13 people were confirmed dead after flash floods hit various areas in the southern province of Hormozgan.
The provincial governor, Jasem Jaderi, said that the fatalities in Hormozgan included a family of five who were driving in a car, and another one who died in a separate incident in the town of Rudan, about 100 kilometers north of the provincial capital of Bandar Abbas.
He said another five drowned while sailing a wooden ferry near the resort island of Kish.
Iran is expecting a relatively wet winter amid international forecasts suggesting that the Middle East region is bracing for the El Niño climate event unseen since 1950.