WORLD 17 killed, dozens injured in southern Iran flood

WORLD

17 killed, dozens injured in southern Iran flood

Xinhua

20:29, March 25, 2019

TEHRAN, March 25 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people were killed in heavy rains and subsequent flood in the southern Shiraz city of Iran on Monday, official IRNA news agency reported. 

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Vehicles are piled up on a street after a flash flood in the southern city of Shiraz, Iran, Monday, March 25, 2019. (Photo: AP)

In the incident, at least 74 others were injured, according to the Emergency Organization of Iran, the report said.

Footage from the state TV and social media showed that flood was washing away the cars, including those of the visitors who are in Shiraz for the Iranian new year holiday.

IRNA put the number of damaged cars by the flood at around 200.

Flash flooding and thunderstorms also hit other Iranian southwestern and western provinces on Monday.

Some areas in southwestern Khuzestan province witnessed rainfall amount of over one month in few hours.

According to local officials in Khuzestan, the overflow of rivers claimed the lives of two children. 

Authorities have issued warnings for the public not to attempt to drive across the roads and riversides in the next 48 hours.

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