Avalanches kill 12 in mountainous Region near Iran’s Funding

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian rescue workers finished their search for survivors Sunday after a string of avalanches that killed 12 people in a mountainous region north of the funding, state TV reported.

The avalanches struck in four distinct regions on Friday following powerful winds and snowfall per day before.

The Alborz mountain range in which the avalanches happened is a favorite weekend destination for climbing and hiking. Fridays are a day away for many Iranian employees.

State TV aired footage demonstrating emergency crews utilizing a helicopter to look for the lost.

It stated rescue teams discovered 14 missing individuals during the surgery.

Authorities said several had ignored reports from the meteorological office about potential strong winds Friday.

Deadly avalanches are a rare occurrence in Iran. In 2017, two avalanches murdered 11 hikers.