Iran flood death toll rises to 76
April 15, 2019 | 5:16 PM
by Agencies
Image credits - Oman News Agency

Tehran: The number of people killed in floods in Iran has risen to 76, according to local media reports.

The heavy downpours in north, west and southwest of the country also left hundreds injured.

Iranian officials are warning that even though floodwaters have been receding in most parts of the country, several provinces remain under flood alerts due to renewed heavy precipitation.

Ahad Vazifeh, an official with Iran's Meteorological Organization, said that there is a possibility that flash floods could still affect the southern provinces of Fars and Hormozgan, Sistan and Baluchestan in the southeast as well as South Khorasan and Khorasan Razavi provinces in the northeast of the country which are in a state of emergency.

Rainfall is also expected to intensify in the southwestern Province of Khuzestan, he was quoted as saying.

Massive downpours swept 25 out of 31 Iranian provinces since 19 March, with raging currents battering houses, washing away cars, destroying the infrastructures and agricultural fields.

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