Iran Blanketed In Heaviest Snow In 50 Years
Iran has experienced its heaviest snow in 50 years, while British soldiers serving in Afghanistan have seen their first proper flurries of the white stuff in Camp Bastion.
About 500,000 people are trapped in their villages in northern Iran, 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", a Mazandaran provincial official said.
"Our main problems are (the provision of) power and water, which have been cut off due to the heavy snow."
About 11,000 people have had to be rescued during the past four days, with some being rehoused in emergency shelters, while at least seven Iranians have been taken to hospital.
In Tehran, temperatures plunged to -7C (19F) on Saturday, making it the capital's coldest night of the year, while other provinces experienced temperatures as low as -18C.
The snow is expected to blow into the southwest of the country from Monday night.
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.
Last week, they were enjoying temperatures of 21C (70F). In summer, they can soar to a sweltering 50C (122F).
A rare weather pattern has been blamed for the rapid change in conditions.
Service personnel took the opportunity to build a snowman, while Apache helicopters were coated in white.
"It was amazing to see. This is a place where the sun beats down for much of the year and it reaches more than 50C in the summer months," said Captain Rory O'Shea, from Twyfor, Berkshire, who works in Task Force Helmand's headquarters, now based at Camp Bastion.
He said although it gets cold and rains, there has been no snow to speak of up to now.
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Iran snow cuts power to nearly 500,000 homes
Heavy snow in northern Iran has left around 480,000 homes without power and some towns and villages cut off.
An official in Mazandaran province, on the Caspian Sea, said the winter storms were the worst in 50 years, with two metres of snow falling in some areas since the weekend.
All schools in Mazandaran will be closed on Tuesday, state media reports.
The head of Iran's Red Crescent said around 11,000 people had been rescued after getting stuck in heavy snow.
"Some 3,800 people have also been settled in emergency shelters," Pir Hossein Kolivand was quoted as saying by the official Irna news agency.
Irna reported that 79 people had been taken to hospital as a result of the bad weather.
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