12 Dead in Flash Floods

12 Dead in Flash Floods12 Dead in Flash Floods

Floods caused by unprecedented rainfall across Iran have left at least 12 people dead.

According to reports, 12 people were confirmed dead and 21 injured after flash floods hit various areas in the southernmost province of Hormozgan, Khabaronline reported.

The fatalities included a family of five trapped in their car who were swept away by an overflowing river, and another person who died in a separate incident in the town of Rudan, about 100 km north of the provincial capital and port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan Province. Another five drowned while sailing a wooden ferry near the resort island of Kish, Alef news website reported.

By 8 am Thursday, 3,600 people were provided relief while 170 were given emergency shelter. Four people were reported missing in Taybad County in Khorasan Razavi Province.

Rainfall has also affected Bushehr, Khorasan Razavi, Fars, Kerman, Qazvin provinces as well as Ilam, Kermanshah and Lorestan in western Iran, where eight people lost their lives two weeks ago.

Material damage was also reported in the southern provinces of Fars and Bushehr, the eastern province of Khorasan Razavi and the central province of Yazd. International forecasts suggest that this winter, Iran and the Middle East region would experience an El Nino effect unseen since 1950.