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08 Apr 1998 description

TEHRAN, April 8 (Reuters) - The death toll in a week of flooding in central and southern Iran has risen to 81, Tehran radio said on Wednesday.

It said the floods, caused by some of the heaviest rains in the past 30 years, also injured 45 people, damaged farmland and more than 19,000 homes and killed 5,000 heads of cattle.

The casualties included some 55 people killed in a village destroyed by a landslide.

Heavy rains in the northeast caused the Tajan river, on the border with Turkmenistan, to overflow and destroy bridges and part of a railway connecting Iran to the former Soviet …