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Flash Floods Kill 17 People in Southern Iran


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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:43 GMT

At least 17 people have been killed and more than 70 wounded by floods in the southern province of Fars in the wake of devastating floods in the north of the country, the official Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.

State television reported that the spillover of devastating floods to the south followed the impact of more than 56,000 people living in 270 villages and towns in the provinces of Mazandaran and the two northern Caspian seaside villages in the past few days.

"At least 17 people have been killed and 74 injured in floods in Shiraz ... caused by heavy rains that started in the morning," the Tasnim news agency quoted Iran's emergency medical director Birshin Kulund as saying, referring to the capital of Fars province in the south.

"The floods are under control and rescue and relief teams have been sent to the flood-affected area," Fares governor Aninatullah Rahimi told state television.

"I call on people to stay indoors," he said. "The scale of damage caused by the floods is under examination."

Television showed pictures of cars surrounded by floodwaters in Shiraz. Rising water has damaged thousands of homes in Shiraz and other towns, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Opponents of President Hassan Rowhani criticised the government for its late response and did little to help flood victims in northern Iran, who suffered for days from rain, mud and cold weather.

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