TEHRAN: Death toll of floods that have swept across most Iranian provinces has risen to 18 with more than 70 injured, country’s emergency services said Monday.
National Emergency Service chief Pirhossein Koolivand said casualty toll in southern city of Shiraz was 17 dead and 74 injured, while another person was killed in Sarpol-e Zahab in western province of Kermanshah, service said on its website.
Country’s Crisis Management Organisation said that Iran has been facing unprecedented floods in 25 of its 31 provinces.
Latest floods have struck mostly west and southwest Iran and follow major flooding on March 19 in northeast’s Golestan and Mazandaran provinces, for which no official casualty toll has been issued.
Emergency services have been hampered by Iranian New Year holidays, with many employees on vacation.
Police have advised against road trips in the coming days, with many roads blocked by flooding or landslides caused by heavy rains.
Crises Management Organisation and health ministry, in charge of hospitals, have cancelled all leave and been placed on full alert, while provincial chiefs have been ordered to remain at their posts.
Iran’s meteorological service has warned that rains will carry on into Wednesday.