Iran – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Tehran Province

Heavy rain in Tehran Province in northern Iran has caused flash floods and landslides over the past few days resulting in severe damages and several casualties.

Floods and landslides in Emamzadeh Davoud, Tehran Province, Iran, late July 2022. Photo: Iranian Red Crescent

According to the Iranian Red Crescent, the worst of the flooding and landslides struck early on 28 July 2022 in the village of Emamzadeh Davoud (also Imamzadeh Davood) situated on the steep slopes around 20 km north of the capital, Tehran City. Emergency services said a landslide and floods triggered by heavy rain dumped mud and debris on the village up to 4 metres deep.

Houses were destroyed and vehicles swept away. Iranian Red Crescent said at least 6 fatalities have been reported. Fourteen people are still missing and several others have been injured. Around 500 people have been displaced and relocated to safe areas. The Red Crescent has mobilized more than 130 aid workers in the affected region. Search and rescue teams using sniffer dogs are looking for the missing people.

This is the second major flood event in the country in the last few days. At least 22 people died in flash floods in Fars Province from 22 July 2022.

Iranian Red Crescent said other provinces have also experienced heavy rain and flooding. As of 29 July, 19 of the country’s 31 provinces have experienced floods and heavy rain, with a total of 15,000 people affected and more than 2,600 displaced.

Floods and landslides in Emamzadeh Davoud, Tehran Province, Iran, late July 2022. Photo: Iranian Red Crescent