Flood victim toll increases in Tehran, Alborz provinces

Tehran, July 22, IRNA – Forensic Pathology Organization announced on Wednesday that the toll from flooding and a summer storm in the Iranian provinces of Tehran and Alborz has rise to 16.

A severe storm killed five in Tehran Province while flooding in Alborz Province left six others dead.

Meanwhile, the identity of five victims has remained unknown.

An unexpected summer storm and heavy rain struck the Iranian capital and its suburbs Sunday evening (July 19).

Combined with heavy rain and lightening, the strong winds battered the northern, northwestern and western parts of the capital.

The fierce storm, packing winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, brought down trees and power lines and damaged buildings.

A flash flood, triggered by torrential rain, swept cars off the busy mountainous Chalous Road and into the nearby Karaj River in Alborz Province.

The flood caused widespread damage and destroyed infrastructure in nearby villages.

Some villages were inundated by water and all access routes were cut off. A power outage in the area hampered rescue efforts in the dark Sunday night.