Floods kill at least 21 in southern Iran

At least 21 people have been killed in flash floods in Iran’s drought-hit southern Fars province. State television gave this information on Saturday.

According to the city’s governor, Yousef Kareger, heavy rain by the city of Estahban drained the Rudbal River.

Karegar said rescue teams had rescued 55 people trapped in the floods, but at least six people are still missing.

He said that more than 10 villages of the state have been flooded.

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmed Wahidi shared his condolences with the families of the flood victims, state television later reported.

Iran’s meteorological department warned of potentially heavy seasonal rainfall across the country, which has been facing decades of drought over climate change. The risk of flash floods has also increased due to the extensive construction of buildings and roads along the banks of the river.

In March 2018, a flash flood killed 44 people in Fars province.

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