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Snow in Iran: 500,000 Without Electricity, Gas and Water

Snow in Mazandaran. Source: Mehr. Photographer: Pejman Marzi.

Snow in Mazandaran. Source: Mehr News Agency. Photographer: Pejman Marzi.

500,000 people are reportedly trapped in villages without electricity, gas or water after a massive snow storm this weekend in Iran's northern provinces, Gilan and Mazandaran.

One local official called it the heaviest snowfall in 50 years. Thousands have been rescued and taken to emergency shelters or hospitalized.

ZA1-1RA tweeted:

I do not worry about my family, they have rice in reserve for months.

Farshad Faryabi tweeted:

Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Blidt, [who is on a trip in Iran] won't go back to Sweden now because there is more snow in Iran.

Soheila Sadegh tweeted:

A school was destroyed in Gilan under heavy snow.

Maysam Bizar tweeted:

The price for bottled water rose four times during snowing days. If we do not have pity for ourselves, what we do we expect of enemies?

Mozdeh A tweeted:

What is a blessing for others, is a curse for us.

Saham Borghani shared a photo last month (January 10) of tea and snow.

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