At least 69 people have died due to flash floods and mudslides in Iran


Nezhad Jahani, a senior official with the organization, said at least 45 people are still missing in Tehran and three other provinces after the recent floods, which damaged at least 20,000 homes.

More than 20 provinces, including Tehran province, have been affected by the flooding caused by heavy rainfall, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. Several airports and highways were closed and thousands of people were evacuated.

State media said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi told ministers and governors to prepare measures that would minimize damage from flooding as Iran’s Meteorological Organization warned rain would continue in several provinces.

Iran has been battling deadly floods and mudslides for two weeks, including in the south of the country. The Red Crescent said damage in southern Fars province was caused by flooding of a dam on the Rodbal River near the town of Estahban.

Scientists say the climate crisis is making flash floods like the ones seen in Iran this week more likely because while more intense evaporation leads to more droughts, warmer air can hold more water vapor to cause extreme rainfall.

A study on the effects of climate change on Iran found that extreme wet and dry spells are becoming more frequent, and that there are longer periods of extremely high temperatures and more frequent flooding across the country. In 2019, more than 70 people died in Iran as a result of flooding after record rains.

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