At least eight climbers killed in Iran, ship crew missing after snowfall and storms

DUBAI (Reuters) - At least eight climbers have died and several more are missing in the mountains north of the Iranian capital Tehran after heavy snowfall and blizzard, state television reported on Saturday, and the seven crew members of a ship are also going to be in the Gulf after storms.
Heavy snowfall and winds in several parts of Iran in the last few days have blocked many roads 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, the broadcaster said.
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According to reports from the local news agency, the number of people unreported on three popular routes could be up to 12.
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 head of Iran's regional maritime administration quoted by ISNA.
(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Mike Harrison and Alexandra Hudson)

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