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Dying toll from week-long Iran flooding tops 80

A handout image from the Iranian Crimson Crescent exhibits a rescue group on the website of flash flooding in Emamzadeh Davoud on July 29, 2022. — AFP

No less than 80 individuals have been killed and 30 others are lacking in floods which have wreaked havoc throughout Iran for greater than every week, state media reported Saturday.

For the reason that begin of the Iranian month of Mordad on July 23, “59 individuals died and 30 are nonetheless lacking within the incidents attributable to latest floods,” Yaghoub Soleimani, secretary-general of the Crimson Crescent Society, was quoted as saying by state information company IRNA.

That’s along with flash floods attributable to heavy rains within the usually dry southern province of Fars that left at the least 22 individuals useless simply earlier than the beginning of Mordad.

Lots of these victims have been spending the day by a riverside.

Soleimani famous that 60 cities, 140 cities and greater than 500 villages throughout the nation of round 83 million individuals have been affected by the inundations.

Tehran province is the hardest-hit with 35 deaths. Close by Mazandaran province has the very best variety of lacking individuals at 20, an inventory revealed by the Crimson Crescent confirmed.

Supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a letter revealed on his web site Saturday, expressed condolences to the households and known as on authorities to take obligatory measures to restore the harm.

President Ebrahim Raisi visited flood-ravaged areas in Firouzkouh area east of the capital, his workplace mentioned.

Extreme harm occurred there primarily due to a mountain landslide late Thursday which claimed 14 lives, based on state media.

Movies and footage posted by Iranian media and on social media confirmed homes and vehicles surrounded by gray mud, and folks attempting to get better their belongings.

Preliminary estimates level to greater than 60 trillion rials (about $200 million) in damages to the agricultural sector, Agriculture Minister Javad Sadatinejad mentioned, based on state broadcaster IRIB.

Scientists say local weather change amplifies excessive climate, together with droughts in addition to the potential for the elevated depth of rain storms.

Like different regional international locations, Iran has endured repeated droughts over the previous decade, but in addition common floods, a phenomenon made worse when torrential rain falls on sun-baked earth.

In 2019, heavy rains in Iran’s south left at the least 76 individuals useless and brought on harm estimated at greater than $2 billion.

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