This picture taken on April 11, 2019 shows a street sign partially submerged by water from floods in Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan. AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Floods caused by heavy rain across Iran in recent weeks have caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and agricultural land, state media cited ministers as telling lawmakers Sunday. The flooding, which began on March 19, has killed 76 people, forced more than 220,000 people into emergency shelters, and left aid agencies struggling to cope. Fazli said the floods had caused around 350 trillion rials ($2.5 billion) worth of damage.Morteza Shahidzadeh, head of Iran's sovereign wealth fund, said President Hassan Rouhani had asked permission from the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to withdraw $2 billion from the fund for reconstruction in flood-hit areas.
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