Flash floods kill at least 21 people in southern Iran

State television said flash floods in Iran’s drought-stricken southern province of Fars have killed at least 21 people.

According to the governor of the city, Yousef Karegar, heavy rains flooded the river Roudbal in the city of Estahban.

Karegar said rescue teams had rescued 55 people trapped by flash floods, but at least six people were still missing.

Floods have hit more than 10 villages in the province, he said.

Rescuers search for people missing after flash floods in the drought-stricken southern province of Fars. (Iran Red Crescent Association / Associated Press)

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi offered condolences to the families of the flood victims, state television later reported.

Iran’s meteorological agency has warned of possible seasonal heavy rainfall across the country facing a decades-long drought. The danger of flash floods is also exacerbated by the rampant construction of buildings and roads near the riverbed.

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

Rescuers work Saturday after flooding in Estahban district. A local official said floods had hit more than 10 villages in Fars province. (Iran Red Crescent Association / WANA (West Asia News Agency) / Reuters)

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