Death toll in unprecedented Iran floods rises to 23

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Death toll in unprecedented Iran floods rises to 23

Tehran (Agencies): At least 23 people were killed after major floods and heavy rains swamp much of the parts in Iran.


Floods have also left more than two hundred people injured or missing besides causing damages in Fars, Mazandaran, Kirmanshah and Golestan provinces.

The latest deluge claimed the lives of 19 people and injured 98 in the worst-hit southern city of Shiraz, the rescue services said.

There was also one death in each of the western provinces of Kermanshah, Lorestan and Kogiluyeh-Va-Boyerahmad, and another in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

The disaster, which the energy minister blamed on climate change, struck in the middle of Iranian New Year holidays, with many relief workers on vacation and millions of Iranians on the roads.