IRANIAN authorities have ordered the evacuation of six more towns in the south-western province of Khuzestan, which is widely inundated with floods.

Gholamreza Shariati, the provincial governor, said rescue teams are taking residents to nearby shelters.

Evacuation orders came as a new round of raining and floods is expected. Shariati said emergency discharges from dams and reservoirs were adding to the high floodwaters, but such measures were essential to prevent the dams from overflowing or catastrophic breaches, with river waters continuing to rise upstream from the province.

Young men were asked to stay behind to help with rescue operations.