At least three killed in bad weather in southern Iran


Three people have died in floods that struck southern Iran in the past days and resulted in the isolation of hundreds of villages, official state media reported on Tuesday.

“So far, three people have been killed and one is missing,” Press TV, the English service for government television, said on its website.

The official Iranian news agency reported that the rescue teams used boats and helicopters to transport aid after the water cut roads leading to residential areas in the provinces of Hormozgan, Kerman and Sistan-Baluchestan.

The governor of Sistan, Baluchistan, Rahim Bakhsh Pakandesh, said that she had not yet been able to reach the city of Qasr Qand and forty neighboring villages near a river that overflowed its water in the province.

The official agency said that 150 villages were affected and thousands of houses were destroyed or damaged in this province in southeast Iran, explaining that 285 families were transferred to tents set up by the Red Crescent.

Deputy Health Minister Ali Reza Raisi stated that “more than twenty thousand people in the villages of Sistan-Baluchestan lost their homes due to the floods.”

The agency quoted the Revolutionary Guards as distributing 1,000 food parcels to the affected people.

In Kerman Province, forty villages were closed and roads were damaged, while 61 people were rescued in Hormozgan.

For its part, the semi-official student news agency (ISNA) stated that the amount of rain that fell in Hormuzgan (southwest) since Friday is “unprecedented.”

“Unprecedented floods are sweeping in Sistan, Baluchistan province, and causing great human and material damage,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a tweet on Twitter.

These floods are the worst in Iran since about seventy people were killed due to bad weather in 20 provinces in April.


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