Flash floods in Iran have killed not less than 24 folks and injured a whole lot extra after days of torrential rain brought on rivers to overflow in numerous elements of the nation, native information media reported on Tuesday.
The sudden, damaging deluge hit the nation throughout Nowruz, the Iranian New 12 months, when many take to the street for holidays.
At the least 19 folks died in Shiraz, a metropolis in southern Iran that could be a standard vacationer vacation spot, based on the privately owned Tasnim Information Company, based mostly in Tehran.
The floods additionally hit the northern provinces of Mazandaran and Golestan, killing not less than 5 folks and affecting greater than 200 villages, Tasnim reported on Monday.
Video footage on social media confirmed folks clinging to lampposts in an effort to keep away from being washed away by a torrent of water and dust, with vehicles and different particles swept alongside within the tumult.
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran praised the efforts of the emergency companies, together with the police and troops.
“Floods in numerous provinces across the nation, particularly in Shiraz, which has left numerous our pricey residents lifeless and injured along with ample monetary damages to our fellow Iranians, has brought on nice grief and sorrow,” Mr. Rouhani mentioned in a press release on Monday.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme chief of Iran, on Sunday ordered the military to increase its efforts within the northern provinces. On Monday, he requested the navy to reply in Shiraz, too.
The United Nations mentioned on Monday that it was able to assist the “government-led rescue and reduction efforts.”
Regardless of the obvious efforts of the authorities, Iran’s judiciary has began an investigation into the emergency response, Reuters reported.
“Any shortcomings concerning the dealing with of the floods, failure to supply reduction and help to the survivors, might be investigated,” Ebrahim Raisi, the pinnacle of the judiciary and a strong cleric who misplaced to Mr. Rouhani within the 2017 presidential election, instructed the Iranian information company Mizan on Sunday.
An activist web site, Iran Human Rights Monitor, mentioned on Twitter on Tuesday that the authorities in Shiraz have been “nowhere in sight,” including that the flash floods had “inundated the historic metropolis.”
The group additionally mentioned that deforestation by the Iranian authorities had contributed to the catastrophe.
The Iranian vitality minister, Reza Ardakanian, mentioned world warming was the wrongdoer.
“These floods in Iran are the results of local weather change worldwide,” he instructed Tasnim, based on Reuters.
Torrential rain throughout the nation is forecast to final for 2 extra days, Tasnim mentioned, citing the Iranian meteorological company.