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DUBAI – At least 18 people were killed and about 100 others were injured in flooding in Iran's southern province of Fars, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Monday after devastating floods in the north.
The state television said that several provinces were also alert for more imminent floods due to heavy rainfall. The meteorology department warned people about rain forecasts in the coming days, reported state radio and urged them to avoid any travel.
When the victims of the Northern Iran's flood fought with the water and the mud, President Hassan Rouhani's hard rivals have criticized his government for doing too little, too late.
On Sunday, Iran's hard-earned judiciary said that government's management of the disaster was being investigated, reported the judicial Mizan news agency.
"Any deficiencies in dealing with floods, inability to provide help and assistance to the survivors will be investigated," quoted Judge Ebrahim Raisi.
Hardline president Raisi lost the presidential election in 2017 when Rouhani was re-elected.
On Monday, the semi-official Father's news agency reported that Rouhani had returned to Tehran from Iran's Qeshm Island in the Gulf, where he had spent Iranian New Year's holidays.
He was criticized by Ir anians on social media to be in the south, as the floods hit north of the country.
In a rare move, Iran's supreme authority, chief executive Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , the armed forces to help the flooded northern provinces.
Iran's hard media has accused the government of responding too slowly to the floods, highlighting relief work from revolutionary guards – a rival powerhouse in Iran's factional political establishment.
Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri fired the governor of the Golestan province according to Tasnim for not shortening his journey abroad during the floods.
The spread of the floods to the south follows the days of flooding, which hit more than 56,000 people living in 270 villages and small towns in the northern provinces of Golestan and Mazandaran on the Caspian Sea a, since March 19, reported television.
In Shiraz in the south, Tasnim quoted the leader of Iran's emergency service, Pirhossein Kolivand, saying that 18 people had been killed, including four children. Some 94 were injured in the town of Fars province.
Television broadcast images of cars trapped in flood waters of Shiraz. Iran's Students News Agency ISNA said high water had damaged thousands of homes in Shiraz and other cities.
"All of us are going to die. Pray for us. We all die. Mother, we all die," said a woman in a bus caught in the floods in Shiraz, according to a video published on Twitter .
Father's governor Enayatollah Rahimi told state television, the flood was under control and rescue and relief workers were sent to the flood
Kolivand later said another person was also killed in Sarpol-e Zahab in the western province of Kermanshah.
The authorities have also warned of the possibility of flooding in the capital Tehran and in the oil-rich southern province of Khuzestan for the next 48 hours.