Authorities in Iran have ordered the evacuation of more than 70 villages in southwestern province of Khuzestan, as the impact of severe flooding spread further across the country.

The move on Tuesday came amid a state of emergency in several flood-ravaged provinces.

At least 47 people have been killed in the past two weeks from flash floods triggered by the worst rains in Iran in at least a decade. 

Ali Asghar Peivandi, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent, said he feared many villages in Khuzestan “will be submerged” as flood waters moved south towards the oil-rich province.

“With the possibility of dams overflowing, we have made preparations to accommodate 100,000 people,” he told state television.

Khuzestan has an extensive range of dams but officials said

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