Updated November 25th, 2023 at 19:25 IST
Deadly avalanche in west Iran leaves 5 mountain climbers dead and 4 injured
A deadly avalanche in Iran killed five mountain climbers and injured four others on Saturday. The San Boran Peak is the highest of the Oshtrankooh range.
A deadly avalanche in Iran killed five mountain climbers and injured four others on Saturday. According to the Iranian news agency IRNA, the rescuers have recovered the bodies of 5 mountain climbers from San Boran mountain located in the Lorestan province which is 186 miles southwest of Tehran. The authorities also mentioned that four people were injured in the incident and were taken to a hospital nearby. The San Boran Peak is the highest of the Oshtrankooh mountain range which stands tall at about 13,600 feet. The mountain has witnessed heavy rain and snowfall in recent weeks, making the matter more intense.
According to IRNA, the nine-member mountaineering team began their journey on Thursday, despite a warning of treacherous conditions issued by local authorities. The country has occasionally seen deadly avalanches. In 2020, a series of avalanches killed 12 people in a mountainous area north of Tehran.
Iran’s Red Crescent reacts to the incident
Giving a full analysis of the situation, the Iranian Red Crescent reacted to the incident. "Yesterday, following the avalanche in Oshtorankuh, Lorestan, nine people had an accident, of which four people were taken to the hospital with the efforts of aid workers, and unfortunately five people were also missing,” the group said in an Instagram post. “The bodies of two of the missing people were found yesterday. The bodies of three more missing climbers were found a few minutes ago with the efforts of the Red Crescent rescuers,” the body furthered. In the 2020 incident in Iran, avalanches struck four different areas following a snowfall. Before this, Iran witnessed a similar incident in 2017 after two avalanches killed 11 hikers.
Published November 25th, 2023 at 19:25 IST