Iran floods death toll reaches 70

Iran floods: Thousands evacuate homes as heavy rain forecast

Iran floods: Thousands evacuate homes as heavy rain forecast

Deadly floods in Iran have prompted fresh evacuations of six towns as the country braces itself for more rain on Saturday. Dangerously full dams are being opened to ease water build-up.

Young men were asked to remain behind to help with rescue operations.

In recent weeks, much of the country has been submerged and the death toll now stands at 70. The town of Susangerd, with a population of 50,000, is under evacuation orders.

An aerial view of flooding in Khuzestan on Saturday.

In the neighbouring Lorestan province, seven villages threatened by landslides were to be evacuated, state TV said.

"The-Popes-condolences-46620.html" class="local_link" >Floods caused by recent heavy rains have displaced thousands of people in Iran with the death toll standing at 70 for now. Several roads, bridges and buildings have been destroyed.

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The flood disaster, arising from exceptionally heavy rainfall since March 19, has left aid agencies struggling to cope and seen 86,000 people moved to emergency shelters.

"'Due to the illegal and unjust United States sanctions, in violation of UNSC 2231, global efforts to assist Iran have been seriously hampered and there has not been even a trickle of assistance from the UN relief agencies, some of whom have cited the USA sanctions", writes Afrasiabi in his letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said rescue efforts for flood-stricken areas of the country have been hampered by USA sanctions imposed on Tehran by the Trump administration. "Blocked equipment includes relief choppers: This isn't just economic warfare; it's economic TERRORISM", he added. The government has told citizens, and especially flood-affected farmers, that all losses will be compensated.

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards reiterated the armed forces "were using all their power" to minimise the damage in Khuzestan. The Sheeb crossing is in Iraq's southern Miysan province.

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