Ten climbers killed in Iran, ship crew missing after snowfall and storms

Ten climbers killed in Iran, ship crew missing after snowfall and storms

At least 10 climbers have died and several more are missing in mountains north of Iran’s capital Tehran after heavy snowfall. State media reported on Saturday, and also the seven crew members of a ship are missing after storms within the Gulf.

Heavy snow and winds in several parts of Iran within the past few days have closed many roads and disrupted transport.

It still remains unaccounted for the several climbers since Friday with 2 death reports. While the amount reported as missing has increased as concerned families contact the authorities, state television said.

9 people had been killed on the mountain and another one dying in the hospital after getting rescued. Mehdi Valipour, head of emergency operations at Iran’s Red Crescent, quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.

It is still unaccounted for 7 climbers on three popular trails, Valipour said earlier.

Tehran lies at the foot of the Alborz geological formation which has several ski resorts.

Separately, Iranian maritime authorities were trying to find the seven crew members of an Iranian transport vessel. It capsized in rough Gulf waters on Friday, the semi-official ISNA agency reported.

“We are attempting to seek out the missing by mobilizing all our facilities and forces. And informing passing vessels and therefore the naval search and rescue centres of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan,”. Esmail Makkizadeh, deputy head of Iran’s regional maritime body, quoted as saying by ISNA.


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