News ID: 208928
Published: 0656 GMT January 28, 2018

Heavy snow delays Kuala Lumpur-Tehran flight

Heavy snow delays Kuala Lumpur-Tehran flight

Mahan Air flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tehran was delayed due to the heavy snow in the capital city of Iran.

The flight which was scheduled to be made Monday night was delayed for over 20 hours, Mahan Air official told IRNA.

The flight will be made on Tuesday night, he said.

Deputy Head of Iran Airports Company Hossein Esfandiari had said that 17 airports were affected by heavy snow but 15 ones were not closed.

The first winter snow and freezy weather covered the Iranian capital and many other cities across the country on Jan 28.

The snow was so heavy that it shut down schools in Tehran and other cities and all offices started their work with a two-hour delay. It also disturbed flight arrivals and departures in Tehran while it blocked roads and streets and caused many cars get stuck on the way.


56,200 people receive snow rescue aid nationwide

Relief and Rescue Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society said on Monday that rescuers have provided services to 56,200 people trapped in the heavy snow in 21 provinces nationwide during the past five days.


Heavy snow delays Kuala Lumpur-Tehran flight


Morteza Salimi said that over 2,200 emergency accommodations have been provided and 58 individuals have been transferred to medical centers for treatment in northern and western cities, IRNA reported.

Meanwhile, all runways were open and flights have resumed at Mehrabad and Imam Khomeini airports in Tehran on Monday morning, after two days of snowfall, which caused flight cancellations due to poor visibility. Flights were also cancelled in other cities hit by snow.

The snowfall in the west and north of the country began on Thursday and peaked on Saturday night, with some mountainous areas receiving as much 1.3 meters (over four feet) of snow.

A heavily used rail service between Tehran and the holy city of Mashhad was also suspended due to the snow. Another major highway between Tehran and the holy city of Qom also remained closed.

Some motorists on a major highway between Tehran and Karaj to its west had to spend a grueling 10 hours or so for traveling 42 kilometers as drifting snow and fender benders stranded thousands of commuters.

In Tehran, the local media said several cars and electricity cables were damaged when trees collapsed onto cars under the weight of the snow.

Despite the transport snags, many welcomed the heavy snow, which comes amid a severe drought.

Earlier this month, Tehran’s Governor Isa Farhadi said this has been the driest year in the past 47 years. He had warned that if it continued, 52 percent of Tehran citizens would not have enough drinking water in the coming months.

The massive snowfall generated a glimmer of hope among Iranians.



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