Flash Flood in South of Iran Leaves 11 Dead (+Video)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Heavy rain caused a sudden flash flood in the city of Shiraz, Iran’s southern province of Fars, on Monday, leaving at least 11 people dead.
Iran’s Emergency Medical Services Director Pir Hossein Koulivand said 11 people were killed and 45 others injured in today’s flooding in the city.
He added that 30 of those injured have been hospitalized and the rest were released after treatment.
Emergency and rescue organizations are on full alert in different provinces of Iran as heavy rain is predicted to continue to fall in much of the country, especially in the western and southern regions, until Tuesday.
Last week, heavy rainfall hit northern provinces of Mazandaran and Golestan. Rivers and other streams overflew their banks as a result, in turn flooding cities, towns, villages, and farming communities. Two dams also overflew in Golestan.
Over 56,000 people have been affected in at least 70 villages in Golestan and more than 200 in Mazandaran.
The flooding in those provinces has claimed the lives of at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes over the past few days.
High water has forced evacuations of several small farm communities as all farmland has been swamped.