Officials said rescuers combed overflowing waterways and through mountains of rubble on Friday to attempt to discover individuals missing following landslides and floods caused by heavy rains in Iran.

Mehdi Valipour, chief of emergency operations at Iran’s Red Crescent Society, said state television that floods have devastated 100 cities and 300 villages in 18 of Iran’s 31 provinces in recent days. The majority of the country’s roadways were shut down.

Firouz Kooh, in the foothills of the Alborz Mountains northeast of Tehran, was the most impacted location on Friday, with at least ten persons killed, according to Tehran governor Mohsen Mansouri.

He said that around 16 persons were missing.

Floods continued to wreak havoc in Tehran province’s northern parts on Friday, he added, adding that despite repeated warnings, trekkers were still making their way to Firouz Kooh.

Because of its moderate summer temperatures, the hamlet of Firouz Kooh, located approximately 140 kilometers (90 miles) from Tehran, is a popular holiday destination. Trekkers enjoy the area’s beautiful paths as well.

According to state media, at least eight people were killed in a landslide caused by floodwaters in the hamlet of Imamzadeh Davood in northern Tehran on Thursday, which also devastated a holy shrine. As many as 14 persons have gone missing.

On Saturday, 22 people were killed by flash floods in the southern Fars province.

Source: Reuters

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