TEHRAN, Iran - At least 19 people are dead, and more than a hundred injured after flash flooding in southern and western parts of Iran.
With more rains in store, government officials are warning people not to travel to the flood-affected areas.
The Interior Ministry has issued travel advisories to citizens warning them to heed instructions being published nationwide by the Disaster Management Organisation.
"There were only two sets of 15-minute heavy rainfalls that caused the flood to spread through the city. The number of casualties would have been less, had people avoided staying there or leaving as soon as they saw the flood coming," a resident from Shiraz, the worst-affected city, was quoted as saying by the Al Jazeera network.
Iran's Meteorological Organisation has placed twelve provinces on high alert until Wednesday as flood warnings persist.