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Iran flood death toll rises to 76

AFP  |  Tehran 

Seventy-six people have been killed in by floods in recent weeks, according to a new toll published Sunday with warnings still in place for large swathes of the country.

"With the death of five people in the province and another person in province the death toll has now reached 76," since March 19, according to a statement published online by the coroner's office.

The two southwestern provinces are the latest overwhelmed by floods that first hit the northeast of the usually arid country, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate from cities and villages.

Officials have again issued warnings for the east of with heavy rains that began on Saturday forecasted to continue.

The floods have caused immense damage with homes, roads, infrastructure and agriculture all hit.

"More than 14,000 kilometres (8,700 miles) of roads have been damaged," told parliament, according to the official agency.

He added that "725 bridges have been totally destroyed."

The of Iran's meteorology service told the same parliamentary session that the floods do not necessarily mean that a decades-long drought has ended.

"The recent floods were due to climate change and global warming," said.

The Islamic republic has received aid from neighbouring countries and further afield, with on Saturday donating 210 tents and 114 pumps.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 13:20 IST