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At least 6 killed in Iran flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain

Mud four meters deep dumped on village of Emamzadeh Davoud near Tehran; search and rescue efforts continue in number of locations

Members of a rescue team work at the scene of a flash flood in northwestern Tehran, Iran, July 28, 2022. (Iranian Red Crescent Society via AP)
Members of a rescue team work at the scene of a flash flood in northwestern Tehran, Iran, July 28, 2022. (Iranian Red Crescent Society via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran —At least six people were killed in floods near Tehran 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 the capital, 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 Emamzadeh Davoud 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.

“So far, five people have been confirmed dead and nine injured by the floods in Emamzadeh Davoud,” Iranian Red Crescent chief Pirhossein Kolivand told state television, adding that several vehicles had been swept away.

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

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

Members of a rescue team work at the site of a flash flood in the northwestern part of Tehran, Iran, July 28, 2022.(Iranian Red Crescent Society via AP)

He also gave orders for the search for survivors to continue in several parts of Tehran province.

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

Scientists say climate change amplifies extreme weather, including droughts as well as the potential for the increased intensity of rain storms.

Like other nearby countries, Iran has suffered chronic dry spells and heat waves for years, and these are expected to worsen.

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