A group of tourists have gone missing and a man has died after an unexpected tsunami hit Iran this morning.
Huge waves battered the coastline of Dayyer in southern Iran and killed a 51-year-old man, IRIB news agency reports. An eight-year-old boy from the local area, as well as four Iranian tourists in a car went missing after they were hit by waves. Another 17 people were injured, with the freak weather event causing cars to capsize as trees and canopies fell down.
A number of fishing boats also sank as heavy rain and strong winds caused dangerous conditions in the sea, while nearby homes were flooded. Rescue teams, who earlier rescued 10 people from drowning, are now searching for the missing people. One local government official said the incident was ‘never anticipated’ and ‘quite surprised travelers who had set up their tents on the coast’. Video footage taken by locals show the rising waves washing ashore and ripping through properties on the coast.