(Persia Digest) – After torrential rains and flash floods devastating Iran in the past week, new precipitation have been forecast for many areas in the country as from tomorrow, increasing the danger of flash floods in southwestern Iran.

Minister of Energy, Reza Ardakanian, pointed to the forecast, saying: “Heavy rain is forecast for 31 March to 5 April, brining an estimated 3BN cm3 of water to dams in Khuzestan Province.

He added: “Khuzestan dams can hold 1BN 200MM cm3 of water from the coming rains. Therefore, the excess water must be drained and this means large volumes of water flowing to lands downstream.”

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Ardakanian also pointed to warnings and measures taken to safeguard these lands and asked the residents to evacuate their homes in areas pinpointed by the crisis management headquarters and be vigilant of safety tips.

He said that rainfall this year has been unprecedented over the past 48 years, adding: “Drought had been on the increase in Iran over the past 50 years and the water year 2017-2018 was registered as the driest in the past half a century. But in the new water year which started in September 2018 to date, precipitation totaled the average annual rainfall in the last 50 years.”

Ardakanian continued by saying: “Precipitation saw a rise of 145 percent this year as compared to last year.”

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He added: “Dams across Iran can hold a maximum of 50BN cm3 of water. Precipitation from September 2018 to date totals 35BN cm3 of the total dam capacity in the country. This figure was 12BN cm3 last year.

Persia Digest (PD) reports that flash floods in Iran killed at least 45 people and caused extensive financial damages.

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