0731 GMT February 25, 2020
Heavy rains inundated streets of cities across Iran’s southwestern Province of Khuzestan, forcing closures of schools, universities and government offices.
Severe floods hit different cities of Khuzestan, especially Abadan, Khorramshahr and Ahvaz, where people experienced the highest amount of rainfall that started on Monday night.
Floodwaters entered homes in the cities’ poor areas, and rescue efforts were underway to help the affected people.
The floods also reached Abadan’s International Airport, with its passenger terminal filled with rainwater.
According to the Khuzestan Meteorological Agency, the highest amount of rainfall was registered in Abadan which experienced an unprecedented downpour of 1.5 mm.
Heavy rains also bucketed down in other provinces including Hormozgan, Bushehr and Sistan-Baluchestan.
From mid-March to April, widespread flash floods submerged large swathes of Iran, most severely hitting Khuzestan, Golestan, Fars and Lorestan provinces, claiming many lives.