Flash Floods in Tehran Leave 6 Dead, 14 Missing

At least six people were killed and nine others wounded after flash floods triggered by heavy rains hit Iran’s capital Tehran on Wednesday night and early Thursday.

Iranian Red Crescent chief Pirhossein Kolivand said that floods and mudslides occurred in the foothills of the Alborz Mountains in Imamzadeh Dawood compound in the northwest of Tehran.

Rescue team has been dispatched to the area, and as many as 14 people are still missing. “We are making all out efforts to rescue the trapped people,” Kolivand added.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi instructed relevant officials in Tehran to use all resources to help the flood-hit families.

Iran’s meteorological forecast had earlier warned Tehran residents of heavy rains and advised them to keep away from the rivers due to the possibility of floods.

Thursday’ floods come less than a week after floods in Iran’s southern Estahban province killed 22 people.

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