Two meters (almost 7 ft) of snow since Friday – Roads impassable – Towns and villages cut off
3 Feb 14 – The heaviest snowfall in five decades has left around 480,000 homes without power and some towns and villages cut off in northern Iran.
About 500,000 people are trapped in their villages, many without electricity or gas, after snow began falling on Friday.
The white storm is “unprecedented for the past 50 years, with two metres (almost seven feet) of snow falling since Friday”, said an official in Mazandaran province, on the Caspian Sea.
The head of Iran’s Red Crescent said around 11,000 people had been rescued after getting stuck in heavy snow.
The capital, Tehran, has also had an unusual coating of snow in recent days
Troops with the Revolutionary Guard have been delivering supplies to people trapped in both Mazandaran and neighbouring Gilan province, and helping with evacuations.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, soldiers have seen their first covering of snow at Camp Bastion since the main British base in Helmand Province was established in 2006.
Service personnel took the opportunity to build a snowman, while Apache helicopters were coated in white.
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