Death toll reaches 32 in the recent flash floods in Iran

Death toll reaches 32 in the recent flash floods in Iran
# 27 March 2019 11:49 (UTC +04:00)

Some parts of the capital city of Iran, Tehran, are reportedly submerged in flood water, while the traffic police have been forced to block several roads and highways, ONA reports citing Radio Farda.

The latest reports say that at least 32 people have lost their lives in the recent flash floods that hit more than 28 out of 31 provinces in the country.

Iran Meteorological Organization (IRMO) says heavy precipitation is expected in Tehran, today, Wednesday.

The last flash floods in Tehran left nearly twenty dead in summer of 2015.

In recent days nineteen people lost their lives in flash floods that hit the historic city of Shiraz, the head of relief department of Iran Red Crescent reported, adding that in four more people fell victim to the flood in the provinces of Kermanshah, Kohgilouyeh and Boyer Ahmad, Lorestan, and Khuzestan.

Reports emerged late on March 26 that a flood rescue boat capsized in northen Iran, with as many as 17 volunteers on board. Some sources put the number of the occupants as high as 26. Many have been saved but at least three have drowned.

Floods hit northern Iran over the weekend but many parts of Golestan Province is still under water and access is possible with boats.

Flood warnings have also been issued for other Iranian provinces, including Tehran, Qom, Kermanshah, Markazi, Isfahan, Khorasan.

It has also been predicted that extreme weather will hit Iran's various provinces at the weekend.

At least 28 provinces out of 31 have been affected by floods, and hundreds of people are now displaced.