Floods kill at least 22 in southern Iran

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At least 22 people have been killed in flash floods caused by heavy rains in Iran's southern province of Fars, a provincial official says.

There was at least one person missing, said Khalil Abdollahi, head of the province's crisis management department, quoted by the semi-official news agency Tasnim.

He said 55 people had been rescued in the flood which submerged 15 cars.

The governor of Fars province declared Sunday a day of mourning, state media said.

The dangers of flash-flooding have been exacerbated by the widespread construction of buildings and roads near riverbeds.

In March 2018, a flash flood in Fars province caused the death of 44 people.

with AP

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