Videos posted on Iranian social networks and news sites showed harrowing scenes rushing water in city centers and residential areas. rising water collapsed walls, swallowed cars and people drowned as trapped onlookers screamed for help, videos showed. In certain regions, highways have turned into lakes.
The ancient city of Yazd, a UNESCO heritage site with narrow labyrinthine streets, brick houses with domes and ancient cooling elements known as windcatchers, suffered a lot infrastructure damage, and the historic part of town was evacuated, local media reported. In an area near Yazd, a video showed a flock of sheep be carried away by the waves.
Iranian Red Crescent Society emergency operations chief Mehdi Valipour told state television on Friday that most of the casualties were from a suburb of Tehran, Imamzadeh Davud, a windy town perched on a mountain that attracts summer pilgrims to its small religious sanctuary.
Some local officials and lawmakers said the level of destruction caused by the floods was partly caused by the lack of timely training for emergency warning and preparedness, as well as unregulated development.
“A chain of mismanagement has led to much greater destruction and the death of a number of our compatriots in the Imamzadeh Davud and Kan region,” said Mohsen Pirhadi, a lawmaker and member of the management committee. of the City of Parliament, after touring the area on Friday.
The United Arab Emirates has also experienced torrential and record rainfall in recent days, with the floods ravage roads, shops and cars. The emirates of Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Fujairah are the most affected, with Fujairah see the heaviest rainfall in nearly three decades, according to local officials and media.
The United Arab Emirates’ interior minister said on Friday that seven Asian foreign nationals had died in the floods. At least 4,000 people were evacuated to shelters, and many homes, businesses and livestock were badly damaged or destroyed, according to media reports.