At least 7 people have been killed after extremely heavy rain caused 'unprecedented' flash floods and landslides in Iranian provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan over the past few days. Authorities said northern provinces experienced worst rains in at least 20 years.
Officials said an average of 300 mm (11.8 inches) fell on Mazandaran in just 24 hours, causing floods in which hundreds of people were trapped and at least 7 killed. Average rainfall for the month of October in Sari, Mazandaran is less than 80 mm (3.1 inches). The annual average is 690 mm (27.1 inches).
Over 300 houses were flooded, numerous roads, bridges and other infrastructure destroyed and power lines, natural gas and water pipes affected. Many cars were stuck in floodwaters, prompting numerous water rescues.
About 11 000 people in Talesh and Forman governorates have no access to clean water.
Rescue and Relief Organization said rescue operators have been dispatched to the flood-hit areas to help people pump flood out of their houses.
Featured image: Damage after floods hit Tonekabon city in Mazandaran province - October 6, 2018. Credit: Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz