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.
Relief teams of @Iranian_RCS saved 14 climbers after they got stuck in a #snowstorm and #avalanche in the mountains north of Teheran during the weekend. Teams have also supported recovering the bodies of climbers who lost their lives in the incident.— IFRC Middle East and North Africa (@IFRC_MENA) December 28, 2020
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#یاریگرشماییم— هلال احمر ایران (@Iranian_RCS) December 29, 2020
طی ۵ روز گذشته و در ۱۷ استان متاثر از حوادث جوی، ۲۱۹ نیروی عملیاتی #هلال_احمر در قالب ۵۴ گروه تخصصی #جستوجو و #نجات توانستند ۷۰ نفر از #کوهنوردان را نجات دهند. pic.twitter.com/Js6T8o7aPC
پایان عملیات در ارتفاعات شمال #تهران؛ پیکر ۲ گمشده دارآباد پیدا شد— هلال احمر ایران (@Iranian_RCS) December 27, 2020
پس از ۳ روز عملیات جستوجو و نجات، پیکر ۸ #کوهنورد در کلکچال، ۲ نفر در دارآباد و یک نفر در آهار پیدا شد که در مجموع با کشف اجساد ۱۱ نفر از کوهنوردان در ارتفاعات شمال تهران؛ یکشنبه بعدازظهر پایان عملیات اعلام شد. pic.twitter.com/dD5aC71QRd
Featured image credit: Iranian Red Crescent Society
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