Evacuation of residents in new villages, towns in Iran

Iranian authorities have begun evacuating new villages and towns of flood-threatened southwest of the country, as some 1900 cities and villages have been affected by floods after the unforeseen heavy rains in Iran since 19 March.

Many residents of Susangerd, with a population of about 50,000, and five other communities in the oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan were being moved to safer areas as officials released water from major dams, state TV of Iran  told Reuters.

“An evacuation order has been issued and we are recommending women and children to leave but we are asking the men and youth to stay and help us build floodwalls so we can keep the water out of these cities,” the provincial governor, Gholamreza Shariati, told state TV.

About 1,900 cities and villages have been affected by floods after exceptionally heavy rains since March 19.

The disaster has left aid agencies struggling to cope and seen 86,000 people moved to emergency shelters.

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