1972 Iran blizzard

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The Iran Blizzard of February 1972 was the deadliest blizzard in history.[1] A week-long period of low temperatures and severe winter storms, lasting 3–9 February 1972, resulted in the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.[2] Storms dumped more than 3 metres (9.8 ft) of snow across rural areas in northwestern, central and southern Iran.[3]

Southern Iran received as much as 8 metres (26 ft) of snow, burying at least 4,000 individuals. According to contemporary reports by the newspaper Ettela'at, the city of Ardakan and outlying villages were hardest hit, with no survivors in Kakkan or Kumar. In the northwest, near the border with Turkey, the village of Sheklab and its 100 inhabitants were buried.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Sweetland Edwards, Haley (7 February 2012). "40 Years Ago, Iran Was Hit by the Deadliest Blizzard in History". Mental Floss. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. ^ "NOAA News Online (Story 334b)". noaa.gov.[dead link]
  3. ^ 1972 Blizzard: Iran's and World's Harshest blizzard in the history | Sky and Weather Network ‹See Tfd›(in Persian)
  4. ^ "Missing Put at 6,000 in Iranian Blizzard". New York Times. 11 February 1972. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Thousands Missing in Iran Snow". Oakland Tribune. 10 February 1972. p. 1.