Flash Flood Kills at Least 21 People in Southern Iran

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 23, 2022 Updated: July 23, 2022

TEHRAN, Iran—Flash floods in Iran’s drought-stricken southern Fars Province have killed at least 21 people, state television said Saturday.

Heavy rains swelled the Roudbal river by the city of Estahban, according to the city’s governor Yousef Karegar.

Karegar said rescue teams had saved 55 people who were trapped by the flash flooding, but at least six people were still missing.

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Members of a rescue team load the body of a victim to an ambulance after Friday’s flash floods in Iran’s drought-stricken southern Fars Province, Iran, on July 23, 2022. (Iranian Red Crescent Society via AP)

Flooding hit more than 10 villages in the province, he added.

Iran’s interior minister, Ahmad Vahidi, shared his condolences with the families of the flood victims, state television later reported.

Iran’s meteorology department had warned about possibly heavy seasonal rainfall across the country that is facing a decades-long drought. The dangers of flash flooding have been exacerbated by the widespread construction of buildings and roads near riverbeds.

In March 2018, a flash flood in Fars Province caused the death of 44 people.