(Persia Digest) - The Meteorological Organization of Iran has forecast heavy rains and possibility of flash floods for Khuzestan, Lorestan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad, Kermanshah, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, and Ilam provinces.

The capital of Kurdistan Province, Sanandaj, in western Iran has also been placed on full alert.

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Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran has been placed on red alert since Saturday 30 March until the situation returns to normal.

Reports indicate a danger of many rivers overflowing in Iran, including in Bushehr Province. Authorities have asked people living in danger zones to evacuate their homes and refrain from staying on river banks.

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The Interior Minister has announced that all precautionary measures have been taken for new rains and flash floods forecast to start today, especially in the endangered provinces of Khuzestan, Golestan, and Lorestan.

Flash floods in certain provinces in Iran began with the start of the Persian New Year on the spring equinox and have been ongoing for ten days, causing severe human and financial damages. Many people have been left homeless.

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