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Flash floods kill 11 across Iran

19 September 2015 17:31



At least eleven people have lost their lives in flash flooding across Iran including the capital Tehran.

Head of Relief and Rescue Organization of Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), Naser Charkhsaz, said on Saturday the fatalities have occurred during the past 48 hours in the provinces of Tehran, Hormozgan in southern Iran, North Khorasan and East Azarbaijan in the country’s north, IRIB reported.

Meanwhile, floods triggered by torrential rain killed five people in Pakdasht town in southeast Tehran on Friday, said Hadi Rahmati, the director general of crisis management for Tehran Province.

He added that rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the flood-hit areas and are conducting relief operations.

Spokesman for IRCS Mostafa Mortazavi also said that eight people, including five members of a family, were missing following heavy rain in eastern parts of Tehran Province.

Relief operations are underway in the flood-affected areas, he added.

A top official in Hormozgan also said the bodies of four members of a family were identified in the flooding in western parts of the province Friday night.

Earlier in late July, at least 11 people were killed in flash flooding and a summer storm in the provinces of Tehran and neighboring Alborz.

The incident happened when an unexpected summer storm and heavy rain struck the Iranian capital and its suburbs. Combined with heavy rain and lightning, the strong winds battered the northern, northwestern and western parts of the Iranian capital.

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