Several people are thought to have died after days of heavy rain triggered flooding in southern Iran
According to Tasnim News Agency, heavy rainfall over the past days have caused flash floods and swollen rivers in southern provinces, including Fars, Bushehr, Hormozgan, Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan.
Tasnim, quoting local sources, said as many as 11 people have died, with fatalities reported in Fars and Bushehr. Severe damage to infrastructure was reported in Chābahār in Sistan and Baluchestan.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) are carrying out rescue and relief operations in affected areas.
Other areas of the country have also been affected including Gilan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad provinces in the west, the central province of Qom, and the northern province of Golestan.
Deadly flooding has also affected parts of neighbouring country Iraq over the last few days, where authorities described the conditions in Nineveh, Salah ad-Din and Diyala governorates as “tragic”.
While #Khamanei is hatching conspiracy theories on #Iranian National TV, the flood is crippling #Aslavieh city in #Bushehr province south of Iran. pic.twitter.com/n9XxhlbIWN
— mina bai (@bai_mina) March 22, 2020
Heavy flood in Bandar-e Kangan, Iran
It literally shovels everything! pic.twitter.com/g91gwe2Y2X
— Farhang F. Namdar (@FarhangNamdar) March 23, 2020
Our fellow citizens across 7 provinces in south-southeast & East of #Iran are struggling with flash #floods. At least 7 have died, roads washed out, power cut in dozens of villages and airlifting underway in remote areas. Half a town in south of #Kerman inundated. pic.twitter.com/YMk825AFb2
— Fereshteh Sadeghi فرشته صادقی (@fresh_sadegh) March 23, 2020
Rudbar-e Jonubi County, Kermam, SE #Iran
Seasonal rains have led to severe flooding due to a lack of infrastructure and years of environmental damage in the country.
According to Iranian officials, 11 people have died in the past 24 hrs in the floods in 4 cities. pic.twitter.com/vE2hEotBrK
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) March 23, 2020
Heavy flood in Bandar-e Deyr in Iran pic.twitter.com/QkEnT2akAZ
— Farhang F. Namdar (@FarhangNamdar) March 22, 2020
If the #coronavirus wasn’t enough – #Iran is afflicted with heavy #floods at the #Bushehr region. pic.twitter.com/6lBRtMWvHF
— Amir Tsarfati (@BeholdIsrael) March 22, 2020