27 December 2020

Search for survivors ends after deadly avalanches in Iran

27 December 2020

Iranian rescue workers have ended their search for survivors following a series of avalanches that killed 12 people in a mountainous area north of the capital Tehran.

The avalanches struck in four different areas on Friday following strong winds and snowfall a day earlier.

The Alborz mountain range where the avalanches occurred is a popular weekend destination for hiking and climbing. Fridays are a day off for most Iranian workers.

State TV aired footage showing emergency crews using a helicopter to search for the missing.

Iran Avalanche (AP)

Iran’s Red Crescent Society also released photos of rescue workers unloading body bags from a helicopter on Saturday.

Stave TV said 11 people were found dead and one died after being transferred to a hospital.

It said rescue teams found 14 missing people during the operation.

Authorities said many had disregarded reports by the meteorological office about possible strong winds on Friday.

Deadly avalanches are a rare phenomenon in Iran although in 2017, two avalanches killed 11 hikers.

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