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5 Feared Dead in Iran Floods


Five people are feared dead as flash floods swept through southern Iran, damaging homes, roads and power lines.

Tehran television reported the worst hit area was the Fars province capital, Shiraz. It said at least one person was killed in the flooding Saturday that paralyzed traffic and downed power lines and trees.

About 4,000 homes in the area have been damaged. Roads between Shiraz and Kazerun, 100 kilometers to the west, were also blocked, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The flooding is blamed on heavy rain and snow that began late last week.

A car carrying four people was reported washed away on the road between Shiraz and Kazerun. The bodies have not been found. Several domestic flights were also reported cancelled or rescheduled.

The army sent rescue teams and two helicopters to rescue motorists caught in a snow covered pass in southern Iran. They also airlifted blankets, food and other emergency supplies to villagers forced from their homes and left stranded by the raging waters.

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