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At Least 7 Dead in Floods Near Tehran

This picture, provided by the Iranian Red Crescent (RCS), shows members of a rescue team working at the site of a flash flood in the Emamzadeh Davoud northwestern part of Tehran, on July 28 2022.

At least seven people were killed in floods near Tehran on Thursday, most in a landslide that dumped mud four meters deep in a village west of the capital, emergency services said.

The flash flooding near Tehran, in the foothills of the Alborz mountains, comes less than a week after floods in the normally arid south of Iran left 22 people dead.

Footage from the village of Imamzadeh Davood posted on social media showed a teenager caked in mud clinging to a pole as a roaring spate of debris-filled water rushes past him. A wall is seen collapsing moments later.

The Iranian Red Crescent said six people were confirmed dead in the village and nine were injured, while 14 others were missing.

More than 500 people were evacuated, it said in a statement.

East of the capital, in Damavand, a body was recovered from floodwaters, state news agency IRNA reported.

The head of the Iranian Red Crescent, Pir Hossein Kolivand, told state television that heavy rains since Wednesday had caused floods and landslides in Imamzadeh Davood, a tourist destination just outside Tehran, and that several vehicles were stuck in the mud or had been swept away.

Floods affected a total of 18 provinces across Iran, Kolivand told IRNA, including Isfahan, Yazd and Fars, where 22 people died in flooding on Saturday.

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that parts of Imamzadeh Davood had been buried under up to four meters (13 feet) of mud.

He said the search for survivors was continuing.

President Ebrahim Raisi ordered the Tehran governor to take measures to prevent further incidents and warn residents of the dangers, his office said.

In 2019, heavy rains in southern Iran killed at least 76 people and caused damage estimated at more than $2 billion.