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200 Dead in Iran Floods - 2001-08-14

More than 200 people are dead in what is thought to be Iran's worst flooding in two centuries. The death toll is expected to rise. Thousands of people have been evacuated to higher ground. Officials have issued an urgent call for volunteers to help find the missing.

The frantic search for survivors continues in northeast Iran. However, authorities fear few more will be found.

Flash floods swept through the region Friday, following unseasonable heavy rains.

Rescuers were able to find about 7,500 villagers. However, several hundred more are said to be stranded in the worst-affected areas, in Golestan and Khorasan provinces.

Some 1,500 homes have been destroyed. Bridged, cars and roads were swept away by torrential walls of mud. Gas supplies and water have been cut off to the region. Damage estimates run into the tens of millions of dollars.

Relief officials are distributing blankets, tents and food to thousands of victims who were moved to higher ground.

Helicopters are scouring large areas of flooded farmland, looking for survivors of what is being called the region's worst flooding in 200 years. Still, rescuers say the death toll will rise.