A view of the flooded village of Susangerd in Iran's Khuzestan province on April 9, 2019. File/AFP
Seventy-six people have been killed in Iran by floods in recent weeks, according to a new toll published on Sunday with warnings still in place for large swathes of the country.
"With the death of five people in the Khuzestan province flood and another person in Ilam province the death toll has now reached 76," since March 19, according to a statement published online by the coroner's office.
The two southwestern provinces are the latest overwhelmed by floods that first hit the northeast of the usually arid country, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate from cities and villages.
Officials have again issued flood warnings for the east of Iran with heavy rains that began on Saturday forecasted to continue.
The floods have caused immense damage with homes, roads, infrastructure and agriculture all hit.
"More than 14,000 kilometres (8,700 miles) of roads have been damaged," transport minister Mohammad Eslami told parliament, according to the official IRNA news agency.
He added that "725 bridges have been totally destroyed."
The head of Iran's meteorology service told the same parliamentary session that the floods do not necessarily mean that a decades-long drought has ended.
"The recent floods were due to climate change and global warming," Sahar Tajbakhsh said.
The Islamic republic has received aid from neighbouring countries and further afield, with France on Saturday donating 210 tents and 114 pumps.
The devastating floods that have swamped many parts of Iran since March have left two million people in need of humanitarian aid, the Red Crescent said on Monday.
Iran moved on Saturday to evacuate more towns and villages threatened by floods after continued rain in the southwest of the country, state television reported, as the nationwide toll from the flooding reached 70.
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