Flash floods damage historical sites and tourist facilities in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari

TEHRAN – Recent flooding in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari has damaged some historical sites and tourist facilities in the southwestern province, the provincial tourism chief has said.

The floods caused a total of 547 billion rials ($1.8 million) in damage to 82 historical monuments and tourist resorts in the province, Alireza Jeilan said on Wednesday.

To prevent further damage to tourist facilities and historical monuments in the area, the mud and water have been drained away, and efforts to strengthen the monuments are underway, the official added.

Additional budget is needed for restoration and renovation projects of damaged sites, he noted.

Since July 23, flash floods in 17 provinces across the country have left 90 dead and 8 missing.

Provinces include Sistan-Baluchistan, Tehran, Fars, Kerman, Hormozgan, Qom, Semnan, Mazandaran, Yazd, East Azerbaijan, South Khorasan, Golestan, Isfahan, Bushehr, Kohgiluyeh-Boyer Ahmad, Markazi and Chaharmahal- Bakhtiari.

Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari has various unique traditions and rituals relating to “tribal” ways of life. Special forms of music, dance and clothing are notable. It has considerable potential to become a vibrant tourist attraction due to its changing natural landscape.

The province is also a hub for manufacturing wool felt products, most of which are exported overseas. It is home to some 500 artisans, spread across more than 250 workshops, making handmade felt products.

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