30 Killed, 10 Missing as Flood Hits Iran’s Northwest

Several people have lost their lives and dozens are missing after heavy rains contributed to flash floods in four northwestern provinces of Iran, affecting more than 1,000 people.

At least 30 were killed and 10 are still missing after spring rains pouring in Iran’s provinces of East and West Azarbaijan, Kordestan, and Zanjan struck 17 towns.

The majority of victims and missing citizens were in the cities of Azarshahr and Ajabshir in the province of East Azarbaijan.

According to media reports, rescue teams have provided relief aid for 1,100 people in the flood-hit areas as of Saturday morning. 77 residents have been transferred to makeshift camps, while six have been hospitalized.

Flash floods have also inundated the intercity roads and have damaged a number of bridges, Tasnim reported.

Traffic police has warned travellers against trips to the northwestern areas, calling on people to avoid camping along the riverbanks.

Meantime, schools in a number of cities in West Azarbaijan Province have been closed due to flooding and expected continuation of rainfall.

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