The number of victims of several weeks of flooding in Iran has exceeded 80 – World

TEHRAN: At least 80 people have died and 30 are missing in floods that have been ravaging Iran for more than a week, state media reported on Saturday.

Since the start of the Iranian month of Mordad on July 23, “59 people have died and 30 are still missing in incidents caused by recent floods,” Yaghoub Soleimani, secretary general of the Red Crescent Society, was quoted as saying by state news. IRNA agency.

This is in addition to flash floods caused by heavy rains in the normally dry southern province of Fars, which killed at least 22 people just before Mordad began.

Many of these victims spent the day by the river.

Soleimani noted that the floods have affected 60 cities, 140 towns and more than 500 villages across the country of about 83 million people.

Tehran province is the worst affected with 35 deaths. Nearby Mazandaran province has the highest number of missing, 20, a list published by the Red Crescent showed.

In a letter posted on his website Saturday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed his condolences to the families and urged the authorities to take the necessary steps to repair the damage.

President Ebrahim Raisi visited the flooded areas in the Firouzkouh region east of the capital, his office said.

According to the state media, there was a lot of damage, mainly due to the mountain avalanche on Thursday evening, which claimed 14 lives.

Videos and pictures released by Iranian media and social media showed houses and cars covered in gray mud and people trying to get their belongings back.

Initial estimates indicate more than 60 trillion rials (about $200 million) in damage to the agricultural sector, Agriculture Minister Javad Sadatinejad said, according to state broadcaster IRIB.

The Iranian Meteorological Center on Saturday warned of more rain in the southern and northern provinces in the coming days.

Scientists say climate change is increasing extreme weather events, including droughts, and the potential for increased intensity of rainstorms.

Like other countries in the region, Iran has endured repeated droughts over the past decade as well as regular floods, a phenomenon exacerbated when torrential rains descend on the sun-scorched land.

In 2019, heavy rains in southern Iran left at least 76 people dead and caused damage estimated at more than $2 billion.

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