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

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A general view shows the Tochal ski area in north Tehran, Iran, December 12, 2019.

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

Heavy snowfall and wind in several parts of Iran have blocked many roads in the past few days and disrupted transport.

Several climbers have gone unreported since Friday when two deaths were reported, while the number of people reported missing has risen as affected families contact authorities, state television said.

Nine people were killed on the mountain and one died in the hospital after being rescued. Mehdi Valipour, head of emergency operations in the Red Crescent of Iran, was quoted by the state broadcaster IRIB.

At least seven climbers were not yet registered on three popular trails, Valipour said earlier.

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Tehran lies at the foot of the Alborz Mountains with several ski areas.

Independently of this, the Iranian maritime authorities were looking for the seven crew members of an Iranian transport ship that capsized in rough Gulf waters on Friday, reported the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“We are trying to find the missing people by mobilizing all of our facilities and forces and informing passing ships and naval search and rescue centers in Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan,” said Esmail Makkizadeh, deputy chief of the regional maritime administration Iran quoted by ISNA.

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