Avalanches kill 10 in mountainous area near Iran’s capital

TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) — A series of avalanches in Iran killed 10 people in a mountainous area north of the capital, state TV reported yesterday.

The report said rescue teams were searching for missing people after the avalanches struck in four different areas. State TV aired footage of emergency crews using a helicopter to search for those missing and injured.

The incidents happened on Friday following strong winds and snowfall a day earlier. The Alborz mountain range where the avalanches struck is popular on weekends for its hiking and climbing.

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

Bags containing bodies of mountaineers on the ground carried by a rescue helicopter in Iran. PHOTO: AP