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Iran expands evacuations as new rains to worsen floods


DUBAI: Iran moved on Saturday to evacuate extra cities and villages threatened through floods after forecasts for extra rains within the southwest of the rustic, state television reported, because the national toll from the flooding reached 70.

Many citizens of Susangerd, with a inhabitants of about 50,000, and five different communities within the oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan had been being moved to safer spaces as officers launched water from major river dams, the television reported.


"An evacuation order has been issued and we are recommending women and children to leave but we are asking the men and youth to stay and help us (in the rescue effort)," the provincial governor, Gholamreza Shariati, informed state TV.

In the neighbouring Lorestan province, seven villages threatened through landslides had been to be evacuated, the television reported.

At least 70 people had been killed, the head of the rustic's emergency products and services, Pirhossein Koulivand, informed the state news agency IRNA.

About 1,900 towns and villages had been suffering from floods after exceptionally heavy rains since March 19.

The disaster has left support businesses struggling to manage and noticed 86,000 people moved to emergency shelters.

The government has informed electorate, and especially flood-affected farmers, that every one losses might be compensated.


Iran's state funds is already stretched below U.S. sanctions on energy and banking sectors that have halved its oil exports and restricted get right of entry to to a couple revenues in a foreign country.


As waters continue to submerge villages, the government said it had deployed extra cellular medical units to the southern provinces. Around 1,000 people had been airlifted through emergency helicopters to safety in contemporary days.


The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards reiterated that the militia "were using all their power" to minimise damages in Khuzestan. Iranian drilling corporations and different energy companies had been helping rescue efforts in flooded spaces, the use of pumps to remove water.




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