Flooding in Iran leaves at least 19 dead

Last Updated: Mar 26 2019 10:51
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The semi-official Fars News Agency reported, Devastating floods killed at least 18 people and injured at least 94 others in the Iranian city of Shiraz.

Emergency services said on Monday, seventeen people were killed and 94 injured in the southern city of Shiraz, one person died in the western province of Kermanshah and another in Lorestan, also in the west.

Such a widespread flood threat is unprecedented in arid Iran, which until 2018 was dealing with decades of drought.

According to the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), the flash floods in Shiraz washed away cars.

First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri said on state television that he has ordered all governor-general’s, all provincial managers and officials nationwide to stay at their posts throughout the next 72 hours which is the peak of the flood threat.

President Hassan Rouhani issued a statement expressing condolences to victims' families and thanking emergency services and the military for their responses to the crisis.

Iran's meteorological service has warned of more heavy showers until Wednesday, forecasting as much as 15 centimetres of rainfall in some western provinces in the next 24 hours.

Flood warnings have been issued in almost all provinces, including the capital Tehran.