Alwaght- At least 19 people were killed and dozens left missing as Torrential downpours hit some counties in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province and caused flooding.
Khalil Sa’ei, the head of crisis management at the Provincial Governor’s Office, said the province had witnessed the heaviest downpours of the past several years on Friday.
The Ajab-Shir and Azar-Shahr counties had borne the brunt of the disaster, amid reports that water levels in the latter region had risen to levels last seen 40 years ago.
Search and rescue operations have been underway, and military and law enforcement forces have been asked to assist.
The province’s other counties, Sa’ei said, had not reported any deaths or disappearances.
Shahin Fat-hi, of the Iranian Red Crescent Society’s Search and Rescue Department, meanwhile, told ISNA that the operations had provided assistance to as many as 1,100 people in 32 cities and villages.
“Seventy seven people have been accommodated in temporary shelters, 14 transferred to safe areas, and six taken to medical centers to receive due services,” he said.