Death toll from floods in Iran rises to 53
Updated 07:49, 30-Jul-2022

At least 53 people have been killed in recent flash floods in different Iranian provinces, a senior Iranian rescue and relief official said on Friday.

Mehdi Vallipour, head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, told the semi-official Fars News Agency that 16 people were still missing.

Vallipour noted that 3,000 people have so far been provided with emergency accommodation and another 1,300 were transferred to safe places.

Friday's worst hit area was Firouz Kooh, in the foothills of the Alborz Mountains northeast of the capital Tehran, where at least 10 people died, Tehran Governor Mohsen Mansouri told state TV.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Friday ordered the ministers, heads of organizations and governor-generals across the country to mobilize all their facilities to manage the possible floods, according to the presidential website.

(With input from Xinhua, Reuters)

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