“At least 19 people have been killed and several others have gone missing in East Azarbaijan,” Head of East Azarbaijan’s Crisis Management Office Khalil Sayee said on Saturday.
He underlined that Ajab-Shir and Azar-Shahr counties were the main regions where flooding occurred.
“Search and rescue operations are underway as military and law enforcement forces have been asked for help,” Sayee added.
In a relevant development earlier in April, an earthquake of 6 magnitude struck Sefid Sang town in the Northeastern province of Khorassan Razavi, killing 2 and injuring at least 5 people and shaking buildings across the provincial capital city of Mashhad and nearby towns.
Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth’s crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.
The worst in recent times hit Bam in southeastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people – about a quarter of its population – and destroying the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.