At least 80 people have been killed and 30 are missing after weeks of flooding in Iran.

A general view shows the devastation after flooding in Ferozkoh, east of Tehran, on July 30, 2022. © Handout, by Reuters
  • More than 80 people died due to floods in Iran.
  • More than 30 others are missing.
  • The flood was caused by heavy rains during the last week.

Tehran: At least 80 people have been killed and 30 are missing in floods that have wreaked havoc in Iran for more than a week, state media reported on Saturday.

Since the start of the Iranian month of Mardad on July 23, “59 people have been killed and 30 are still missing in incidents caused by recent floods,” Red Crescent Society Secretary General Yacoub Soleimani was quoted as saying by official news. Agency IRNA

This is in addition to flooding caused by heavy rains in the normally dry southern province of Fars, which killed at least 22 people before Mardad began.

Many of these victims were spending the day by the river.

Soleimani noted that around 83 million people in 60 cities, 140 towns and more than 500 villages across the country have been affected by the floods.

Tehran province is the worst affected with 35 deaths. A list published by the Red Crescent said the highest number of missing people was 20 in nearby Mazandaran province.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed his condolences to the family in a letter published on his website on Saturday and called on authorities to take necessary steps to repair the damage.

President Ibrahim Raisi visited flood-affected areas in the Ferozkoh region east of the capital, his office said.

There was heavy damage, mainly due to landslides late Thursday that killed 14 people, according to state media.

Videos and photos posted on Iranian media and social media showed houses and cars covered in gray mud and people trying to get their belongings out.

According to state broadcaster IRIB, Agriculture Minister Javad Sadatinejad said preliminary estimates put the agricultural sector at more than 60 trillion riyals (about $200 million) in damage.

Iran’s Meteorological Center has warned of more rain in the coming days in the southern and northern provinces on Saturday.

Scientists say climate change increases extreme weather, including the possibility of droughts as well as increased intensity of rainstorms.

Like other countries in the region, Iran has experienced frequent droughts over the past decade, but also regular floods, a phenomenon that worsens when the sun sets in with torrential rain.

In 2019, heavy rains in southern Iran killed at least 76 people and caused more than $2 billion in damage.