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Iran’s Rohani Promises Compensation For Flood Victims As Death Toll Rises


Severe Floods Kill Dozens Across Iran
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WATCH: Severe Floods Kill Dozens Across Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has promised compensation to all those affected by flash floods, as the nationwide death toll from what he called an "unprecedented" natural disaster reached 37.

Rohani and several cabinet ministers traveled to the northern province of Golestan on March 27 to inspected damage caused by the floods triggered by heavy rain.

Officials said that 37 people had been confirmed dead and hundreds suffered injuries in the floods since last week, according to local media.

Nineteen of the deaths took place in Shiraz, the capital of the southern Fars Province.

The semiofficial Tasnim news agency quoted Rohani as saying that the floods affected 25 of Iran's 31 provinces and that the scale of the disaster had overwhelmed emergency services in some areas.

"We will rebuild Golestan just as it was before, and we will stand by your side," the president said.

Iran's hard-liners have accused Rohani's government of not doing enough to tackle the disaster.

Golestan Province's governor, who was abroad when the disaster hit, was dismissed on March 23 amid public outrage over his absence from work.

Emergency services have been hampered by last week's celebrations marking Norouz, the pre-Islamic Persian new year, with many employees on vacation.

Based on reporting by Reuters, Tasmin, and ISNA