Flash floods in Iran claims 24 lives, more than 200 injured

March 27, 2019 5:07 PM |


Flash flooding in Iran has left at least 24 people dead and more than 200 injured. A state of emergency has been announced and the government at present has urged people to cancel their trips with warning of more rains.

This comes in wake of a Western Disturbance that had formed over Middle East giving clouding over a larger area, inclusive of thunderstorm cells as well as rains. These rains were accompanied with lightning strikes.

Read our previous article- WD to give intense rains over Middle East, Central Asia, scattered showers in Jammu Kashmir 

These rains have triggered flash floods that have been effecting almost the entire country with over 20 provinces reporting damages. The maximum affect was witnessed by the northern and the southern districts such as Shiraz, Gulistan and Mazandaran.

The flash floods came gushing on the occasion of Iranian New Year when maximum people were out on the roads, dampening the spirit of the celebration. The overflowing water took many cars as its hostages.

Iran is a large semi-arid country with a mostly desert terrain located in the Middle-east Asia. As a system forms over a location it needs moisture content to strengthen in intensity and Iran acted as a perfect spot with three large water bodies in the vicinity.

There are chances of rains to continue over the region for some time now as well. Further the axis of rains accompanied with hail, will shift to Central Asia region, moving Northeastwards. A trail of the same system is also likely to affect the Jammu and Kashmir by March 29 or 30.

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