Heavy rains in Iran hit the Tehran region on Tuesday and latest reports say flood waters have reached part of the capital city.
Videos published by Tehran emergency authorities show flood waters in the eastern outskirts of the city.
Ahmad Sadeghi head of Tehran Disaster Prevention and Management Agency said that heavy rains have already started and will last until 20:00 local time March 26.
Tehran is currently under disaster alert. Local authorities began frantic preparations yesterday, as Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri announced imminent flooding danger for the city and urged “to protect Tehran with all our existence”.
The sprawling city with 20 million inhabitants lies at the foothills of Alborz mountains, with small rivers and streams carrying water toward the city from rains and melting glaciers.