The flash floods in southern Iran caused deaths and heavy rain damage and are expected to continue until later this week.
According to official media reports, at least eight people were killed in a flash flood in southern Iran due to heavy rains expected to last until later this week.
The national news agency IRNA quoted Mojtaba Khaledi, a spokesperson for the National Rescue Service, as saying: “We have seen an increase in the number of casualties following floods and rainfall in the southern part of the country in the past few days.”
“So far, 8 people have died and 2 people are still missing,” Khaledi said, adding that 14 more people were injured.
Rahim Azadi, a local crisis management official, told the National News Agency that five of the deaths occurred in Fars Province.
A local official said on Monday that at least two people were killed in the flash flood in the province.
Azadi said that the heavy rain damaged “agriculture, infrastructure, and urban and rural housing.”
The head of rescue and emergency operations of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Mehdi Valipour, told National Television that the Iranian Red Crescent Society “provided emergency accommodation for more than 3,000 people and received rescue assistance for more than 20,000 people”.
“Houses were flooded and infrastructure such as roads and communication systems were damaged,” he said, adding that more than 500 teams were providing assistance in parts of the south and east of the country.
The pictures released by the Red Crescent Society show that Red Crescent Society staff set up tents in the gymnasium and assisted cars trapped on flooded roads or trapped in snow-covered mountains.
It added that rescue operations are being carried out in 87 cities in more than half of Iran’s 31 provinces.
According to the news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Interior Minister Ahmed Wahidi has asked the local authorities in Fars, Hormozgan, Kerman, Sistan and Baluchistan provinces to use “all resources and capabilities” To help the residents.
It added that President Ibrahim Raisi directed Minister of Energy Ali Akbar Mehrabian to inspect the flood-affected areas in Sistan and Baluchistan and Hormozgan province.
An official from the Iranian Meteorological Agency told national television that the weather system is expected to last until Friday.
In recent days, severe weather has not only affected southern Iran, but also Arab countries in the Gulf region, and some weather warnings have been issued.
Heavy rains hit the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and caused extensive flooding in the area.
According to Oman’s official news agency, Omani authorities reported heavy rainfall on Tuesday, calling on citizens to avoid going to valleys and beaches due to rising water levels.
It added that the Omani police closed a number of roads, including a highway in the capital Muscat, due to a large amount of “water accumulation”.
The Ministry of Education has suspended courses and examinations in most parts of the Sultanate.
Iran has experienced many droughts in the past ten years, but also frequent floods.
In 2019, severe flooding in the south of the country made at least 76 people died And caused an estimated loss of more than 2 billion U.S. dollars.
Scientists say that climate change has exacerbated droughts and floods, and their intensity and frequency in turn threaten food security.