State media reported that an avalanche in western Iran claimed the lives of five mountain climbers and left four others from an all-Iranian climbing team injured on Saturday.
A report by the state-owned IRNA news agency said rescue teams recovered the bodies of five climbers from San Boran peak, some 300 kilometers (about186 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran. The other four injured were taken to hospital.
The report said the nine-member team of climbers began their journey on Thursday despite a warning by local authorities about possible risk. The peak, the highest of the Oshtrankooh mountain range at 4150 meters (about 13,600 feet), witnessed heavy rain and snow in recent weeks.
Iran has occasionally seen deadly avalanches. In 2020, a series of avalanches killed 12 people in a mountainous area north of Tehran.