Flash floods kill at least 19 in southern Iran


26th March, 2019 08:30:21 printer

Flash floods kill at least 19 in southern Iran


Flash floods in southern Iran have killed at least 19 people and injured at least 100 more, officials say.


Dramatic footage on social media showed torrents of muddy water surging through the city of Shiraz where most of the deaths occurred.


People were seen clinging to lamp posts and the tops of cars. Hundreds of buildings were reported damaged.


Iran's judiciary said the government's handling of the disaster was being investigated.


The floods struck during the Persian New Year holiday when many government offices were closed.


Further torrential rain has been forecast for the north and east of the country in the coming hours and days.


Flood warnings have been issued in almost all provinces, including the capital Tehran.