At least five people have been killed as a result of flash floods that have inundated parts of Iran's southeastern province of Kerman, reports say.
“Floods in different parts of the province have so far left five killed in the towns of Sirjan, Roudbar and Kahnouj,” Mehr news agency quoted Kavous Mahmoudi, the head of Kerman Red Crescent Society as saying on Thursday.
Mahmoudi said that the recent rains and consequent flooding are threatening to overwhelm a number of villages in the region.
“Aid is underway to help the flood-hit people in the south of the province where some of the residents have already been provided with temporary shelters and some assistance,” the official went on to say.
He added that thousands of households have been affected by the recent inundations in the southeastern province.
Reports also indicate that the latest flooding has left trails of destruction and taken a heavy toll on cattle.
Floods in Kerman come after thirteen years of drought which has severely damaged the province's agricultural index over the past years.