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Iran Orders Evacuation of 70 Villages in Khuzestan Due to Flood Risk

GENEVA – The risk of floods has forced the Iranian government to order the evacuation of 70 villages in the oil-rich Khuzestan province, the IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
The villages were close to the Dez and Karkheh rivers, said Shush County Governor Adnan Qazi.
At least 45 people have been killed in the past two weeks during flash floods in northern and southern Iran after the heaviest rains in at least a decade.
Iran has announced a state of emergency in the southern provinces threatened by floods and has already evacuated dozens of villages.
Floods have hit at least 23 of the 31 provinces of Iran since the heavy rains began on March 19th.
The west and south-west of the country are expected to undergo most of the storms of the next few days.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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