News ID: 278666
Published: 0347 GMT December 26, 2020

At least six dead, 18 missing after avalanche, blizzard hit Tehran heights

At least six dead, 18 missing after avalanche, blizzard hit Tehran heights
Rescue teams are searching for climbers trapped under snow after an avalanche struck heights in Tehran on December 26, 2020.

National Desk

At least six climbers have been confirmed dead and 18 others are still missing after avalanche and blizzard struck a mountain in Iran’s capital Tehran.

The head of Rescue and Relief Organization of Iranian Red Crescent Society, Mehdi Valipour, said on Saturday that 16 rescue teams are searching in different places in the heights of Tehran, which was hit by snowfall and blizzard on Thursday night, according to IRNA.

Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the state emergency services, has said the incident occurred on the summit of Kolakchal.

The incident came after the country’s emergency services said on Thursday that about 100 climbers were trapped in the blizzard at the Tochal ski resort in Tehran.

Tehran lies at the foot of the Alborz mountain range, where there are several ski resorts.

Snowfall and blizzard in recent days hit many parts of the country and have caused the closure of roads and disruption of traffic.

Roads in the country’s northern provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran, Golestan, Semnan, North Khorasan and Khorasan Razavi, Zanjan and Qazvin as well as the western province of Kurdestan have been closed due to heavy snow.

Rescue teams have reopened many roads and are working to open the rest.




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