12 Dead After Avalanches in Iran


Alborz Mountain range seen from Tehran. By Hansueli Krapf - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7065187

Officials in Iran say at least 12 climbers are dead after heavy snow and strong winds on Thursday caused avalanches in parts of the country on Friday.


Heavy snow was recorded north of Tehran, the capital. Many roads remain impassable.


The Alborz mountain range, located in northern Iran, stretches from the border of Azerbaijan along the western and entire southern coast of the Caspian Sea and finally runs northeast and merges into the Aladagh Mountains in the northern parts of Khorasan.


The range is home to several ski resorts due to the snowy winters.


Rescue teams found 14 missing people. The search for survivors ended on Sunday.