Flights cancelled as heavy snowfalls hit Iran
All international and domestic flights to and from
"All international flights ... to and from Imam Khomeini International Airport have been cancelled," aviation authority spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told Reuters, referring to
Flights at 15 other airports in the Middle Eastern country were also cancelled, state radio said.
The authorities closed all schools in
Thousands of motorists and passengers were stuck in the snow and police helped them find shelter in mosques and elsewhere, the media said.
A road linking
At one point, 15,000 people were stranded on a highway between the cities of
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Dozens killed in
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At least 28 people are reported to have died in
Eight people froze to death as severe blizzards left 40,000 people stranded in their cars, authorities said.
Iranian authorities are urging people to stay at home.
Although most have now been rescued, another 20 people are reported to have died in car crashes caused by the weather, officials said.
The temperature has been down as low as -24 degrees Celsius, and for the first time in living memory there has been snow in the country's southern deserts.
Gas shortage fears
There are now concerns the severe temperatures may lead to a major shortage of gas used to heat many homes, reports the BBC's Jon Leyne in
It is taking around five hours to get passengers from their planes out to their cars, our correspondent says.
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