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 Flooding in southern Iran has killed at least 21 people and left others missing following heavy rains in the largely arid country state media reported on Saturday Twenty one people were killed and two are still missing in floods that hit several towns in and around Estahban county in the southern province of Fars Hossein Darvishi provincial director of the Red Crescent Society was quoted as saying the state TV Videos posted on local media and social media showed cars trapped in the rising waters of the Roodball River and carried away as parents tried to rescue their children from the vehicles Estahban Governor Yousef Kargar said that at around 5 00 pm yesterday heavy rain in the central parts of Estahban County caused flooding according to state news agency IRNA Estahban is 174 kilometers 108 miles east of the provincial capital Shiraz The tragedy occurred on a summer weekend in Iran when families tend to head to cooler areas such as riverbanks lakes and valleys Several local people and tourists from other areas who had gone to the river bank and were present in the river bed were trapped in the flood due to the rising water level Kargar added Iran has endured repeated droughts over the past decade but also regular floods a phenomenon made worse when torrential rains fall on the sun scorched land Photos released by the Iranian Red Crescent Society showed rescuers walking on cracked dry ground while others worked through reeds In 2019 heavy flooding in the south of the country left at least 76 dead and damage estimated at more than 2 000 million dollars In January two people were initially reported to have died in flash floods in Fars as heavy rains hit the area but the death toll has risen to at least eight there and elsewhere in southern Iran Scientists say climate change amplifies extreme weather including droughts as well as the potential for increased intensity of rain storms Drying up Like other neighboring countries Iran has suffered from chronic droughts and heat waves for years and they are expected to get worse Demonstrations against the drying up of rivers have taken place in recent months particularly in central and southwestern Iran Last November tens of thousands of people gathered in the parched bed of the country s Zayandeh Rood River which runs through the central city of Isfahan to complain about the drought and blame officials for diverting the water Security forces fired tear gas as the protest turned violent and said they arrested 67 people Last week official media said Iranian police had arrested several suspects for disturbing security after they protested the drying up of a lake once considered the largest in the Middle East Lake Urmia in the mountains of northwestern Iran began shrinking in 1995 due to a combination of prolonged drought and the withdrawal of water for agriculture and dams according to the United Nations Environment Program In December in neighboring Iraq 12 people died in flash floods that swept through the north of that country despite a severe drought
More than 20 dead in floods in southern Iran: state media

1 Flooding in southern Iran has killed at least 21 people and left others missing following heavy rains in the largely arid country, state media reported on Saturday.

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2 “Twenty-one people were killed and two are still missing” in floods that hit several towns in and around Estahban county in the southern province of Fars, Hossein Darvishi, provincial director of the Red Crescent Society, was quoted as saying. the state. TV.

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3 Videos posted on local media and social media showed cars trapped in the rising waters of the Roodball River and carried away as parents tried to rescue their children from the vehicles.

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4 Estahban Governor Yousef Kargar said that “at around 5:00 pm yesterday, heavy rain… in the central parts of Estahban County caused flooding,” according to state news agency IRNA.

5 Estahban is 174 kilometers (108 miles) east of the provincial capital, Shiraz.

6 The tragedy occurred on a summer weekend in Iran, when families tend to head to cooler areas such as riverbanks, lakes and valleys.

7 “Several local people and tourists (from other areas) who had gone to the river bank and were present in the river bed were trapped in the flood due to the rising water level,” Kargar added.

8 Iran has endured repeated droughts over the past decade, but also regular floods, a phenomenon made worse when torrential rains fall on the sun-scorched land.

9 Photos released by the Iranian Red Crescent Society showed rescuers walking on cracked dry ground while others worked through reeds.

10 In 2019, heavy flooding in the south of the country left at least 76 dead and damage estimated at more than 2,000 million dollars.

11 In January, two people were initially reported to have died in flash floods in Fars as heavy rains hit the area, but the death toll has risen to at least eight there and elsewhere in southern Iran.

12 Scientists say climate change amplifies extreme weather, including droughts, as well as the potential for increased intensity of rain storms.

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14 Like other neighboring countries, Iran has suffered from chronic droughts and heat waves for years, and they are expected to get worse.

15 Demonstrations against the drying up of rivers have taken place in recent months, particularly in central and southwestern Iran.

16 Last November, tens of thousands of people gathered in the parched bed of the country’s Zayandeh Rood River, which runs through the central city of Isfahan, to complain about the drought and blame officials for diverting the water.

17 Security forces fired tear gas as the protest turned violent and said they arrested 67 people.

18 Last week, official media said Iranian police had arrested several suspects for disturbing security after they protested the drying up of a lake once considered the largest in the Middle East.

19 Lake Urmia, in the mountains of northwestern Iran, began shrinking in 1995 due to a combination of prolonged drought and the withdrawal of water for agriculture and dams, according to the United Nations Environment Program.

20 In December, in neighboring Iraq, 12 people died in flash floods that swept through the north of that country, despite a severe drought.

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