Iran hit by floods after long drought
Torrential rains have brought flooding throughout Iran, ending the country's longest drought in 30 years, state television said on Saturday. Iran's southwest, southern, central and northern regions experienced the heaviest storms, which began on Thursday and which crippled power and water lines in some areas.
The television showed a stream of images of cities in Khoramabad and Ahwaz that had been completely flooded after a day of rain. In the southeast province of Khuzistan, flooding had severed electricity and plumbing in the cities of Dezful and Andimeshk, reported Khayan newspaper on Saturday.
For the past three days, rain and snow have fallen heavily on Iran's plateau and mountainous regions. Several towns south of Tehran were flooded, including a town in the foothills of the Alborz Mountains.
According to official estimates, Iran's dry spell has caused over $3.5 billion in damages. The UN has warned that this year could be catastrophic if international aid were not sent to mitigate the drought's effects. The crisis has driven Iran to accept international aid for only the second time since the 1979 Islamic revolution. — (AFP, Tehran)
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