At least 12 climbers killed in avalanches in Iran's Alborz mountains

Death toll climbs by two but another 14 missing climbers are found alive after wild weather across the region

Twelve climbers have died after a blizzard triggered avalanches in mountains north of Iran’s capital, Tehran.

Ten climbers were declared dead on Saturday after heavy storms hit the Alborz mountains north of the capital, and rescue teams located one more body on Sunday, while another died after being airlifted to hispital.

Another 14 missing people were found alive and rescuers believe they have recovered everyone reported lost.

Reza Zarei, head of Iran’s mountaineering federation, told state TV: “The rescue operation has now been completed, and all the missing persons have been found.”

A member of the Red Crescent team said the rescue mission had been complicated by bad weather and snow.

Map of incident area

State television broadcast footage of a helicopter rescue operation on the Tochal and Kolakchal peaks of the Alborz mountain chain overlooking Tehran. It showed Red Crescent personnel carrying a body on a stretcher along a snowy mountainside.

Tehran lies at the foot of the Alborz mountain range, which has several ski resorts and a highest peak of 5,671m (18,606ft).

Heavy snow and winds have caused chaos in several parts of Iran, and maritime authorities were searching for the six Iranian and one Indian crew members of an Iranian transport vessel that capsized in rough Gulf waters on Friday, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

“Seven groups of four people are searching ... but due to unfavourable weather conditions, it is not possible to search by air now,” Esmail Makkizadeh, deputy head of Iran‘s regional maritime body, was quoted as saying by IRIB’s website.

Guardian staff and agencies

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Iran's president calls Trump 'idiot' as crowds chant 'death to America'
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians march through capital to mark 40th anniversary of Islamic revolution

Agencies

11, Feb, 2019 @11:45 PM

Article image
A bypass for Everest: Nepal seeks to lure climbers to alternative mountains
Nation considers leasing Himalayan peaks to private tour companies in attempt to ease congestion

Jason Burke, Delhi and agencies

11, Mar, 2014 @4:08 PM

Article image
Mount Everest: two climbers killed and 30 needing medical help
Dozens need treatment for frostbite and altitude sickness on mountain after deaths of Australian woman and Dutch man

Jessica Elgot

22, May, 2016 @4:17 PM

Article image
Fears grow for missing Iranian climbers after search called off
Three men became stranded after successfully reaching the summit of the Broad Peak in Pakistan

Saeed Kamali Dehghan

24, Jul, 2013 @9:31 AM

Article image
How strong is Iran's military?
Country has shaped an ‘axis of resistance’ with proxy forces and influence in Middle East

Emma Graham-Harrison

11, Jan, 2020 @8:00 AM

US overtures divide Iran's policymakers

Foreign minister says Tehran would be 'co-operative' in response to changes in American policy

Julian Borger and Robert Tait

30, Jan, 2009 @12:01 AM

Article image
Is this Iran's second revolution? | Simon Tisdall
Simon Tisdall: Clashes at protests show that fantasy politics can no longer conceal the widening fissures that are splintering Iranian society

Simon Tisdall

28, Dec, 2009 @4:01 PM

Article image
Kylie Moore-Gilbert: academic 'terrified' and suffering inside Iran's Qarchak women's prison
Exclusive: sources inside Qarchak say British-Australian lecturer is unwell as friends and colleagues condemn government’s strategy

Saba Vasefi and Ben Doherty

29, Jul, 2020 @4:16 AM

Article image
Iran's Revolutionary Guards arrest internet activists
Contributors to pro-opposition social networking websites accused of acting against national security

Saeed Kamali Dehghan

05, Dec, 2013 @6:12 PM

Iran's radical shows his reluctant side | Simon Tisdall

Simon Tisdall: Mir Hossein Mousavi's attempt to protect the protesters may destroy the momentum of his movement

Simon Tisdall

21, Jun, 2009 @3:14 PM