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At least 12 climbers dead as heavy snow hits Tehran, Iran

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At least 12 people were confirmed dead after avalanches struck Tehran, Iran, on Friday, December 25, 2020, following heavy snowfall and strong winds.

Avalanches struck four various areas north of the capital Tehran on Friday following heavy snow and strong winds a day earlier.

On Saturday, December 26, state media aired footage showing emergency crews using a helicopter to retrieve other missing climbers. Reports confirmed at least 11 fatalities, while one climber died on the way to a hospital.

Iranian rescue crews ended the search operations on Sunday, December 27, after finding a total of 14 climbers.

Heavy snowfall also closed 50 villages in Khorasan Razavi due to slippery roads, blizzards, and blocked roads. Dargaz governor said rescue forces have deployed eight vehicles to provide assistance to those trapped. 

Featured image credit: Iranian Red Crescent Society

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