Heaviest snowstorm in 50 years hits Iran

Updated 15 May 2014

Heaviest snowstorm in 50 years hits Iran

TEHRAN: The heaviest snowstorm in five decades has blanketed provinces in northern Iran, cutting power supplies and trapping villagers, Iranian media reported Monday.
The storm is “unprecedented for the past 50 years, with two meters (almost seven feet) of snow falling since Friday,” a Mazandaran provincial official said, quoted by the media.
“Our main problems are (the provision of) power and water, which have been cut off due to the heavy snow,” he said.
According to officials, around 500,000 people in northern Iran have been left without electricity and gas since Saturday.
Iran’s Red Crescent head, Pir Hossein Kolivand, said teams have in the past four days rescued around 11,000 people caught in the heavy snow. Seven-nine people have been hospitalized, official IRNA news agency reported.
“Some 3800 people have also been settled in emergency shelters,” he added.
In Tehran, temperatures plunged to -7 C on Saturday, making it the capital’s coldest night of the year, while other provinces experienced temperatures as low as -18 C.
Some schools in northern Tehran were closed Monday because of the weather.
New snowstorms are expected from Monday night in the southwest of the country.


Two killed, 35 wounded in Baghdad protests: Police, medics

Updated 34 min 31 sec ago

Two killed, 35 wounded in Baghdad protests: Police, medics

  • One protester died immediately after a tear gas canister hit his head and another died in hospital from wounds from a stun bomb fired by security forces
  • More than 300 people have been killed since Oct. 1, as security forces have fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at crowds of protesters
BAGHDAD: Security forces killed two protesters and wounded 35 others in Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said, as thousands of Iraqis continued a wave of anti-government protests.

One protester died immediately after a tear gas canister hit his head and another died in hospital from wounds from a stun bomb fired by security forces, police and hospital sources said.

More than 300 people have been killed since Oct. 1, as security forces have fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at crowds of protesters.