Local authorities in southeastern Iranian province of Kerman have denied reports suggesting a dam broke in the region forcing authorities to order the evacuation of a city of nearly 10,000 people.
Head of Kerman Regional Water Company Ali Rashidi said on Saturday that authorities had decided to release water from a small earth-fill dam near the city of Dehaj, located 70 kilometers from the city Shahrebabak, to prevent a burst in the dam because of the floods that began a day earlier.
“Based on the information we have received ... the situation in the dam is under control,” Rashidi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency.
Local authorities said a decision taken earlier on Saturday to evacuate people from Dehaj because of fears of a dam burst had been cancelled.
“There is no need for evacuation of the city,” said head of Kerman’s disaster management department Majid Saeedi, adding that evacuation plans will proceed if the floods get worse causing problems for a larger dam near Dehaj .
At least 61 people have been killed and more than 32 remain unaccounted for in various provinces in Iran after floods triggered by heavy rain affected hundreds of towns and villages across the country.
However, a late statement by Mohsen Mansouri, the top government official in the northern province of Tehran, where the capital city in located, said that a total of 36 people had been killed in floods in the province since Friday.
Photo shows authorities and people inspecting damage inflicted on a residential area in the central Iranian city of Yazd because of floods on July 30, 2022.