Three Kurdish porters were killed in a snow-drift in a village in Iran’s province of Sardasht in the northwest of the country, according to Mirovayeti News Agency.
The agency reported on Sunday (January 29) that 12 Kurdish porters were hit by an avalanche in the village of Bewrani Sare in Sardasht on Saturday evening after snow covered the area.
Three of the porters, aged between 18 to 27 years old, died in the avalanche of snow while mountaineers and volunteers in the area rescued nine others who were transferred to a hospital in Sardasht.
The incident came after four Kurdish mountaineers were hit by an avalanche, also on Saturday, in the Qul Qula Mountains in the city of Saqqez in the northwest of Iran.
Two of the mountaineers were killed in the avalanche.
Kurds in Iran began working in transporting goods on foot due to the economic crisis and unemployment in Iran. Porters face dangers at times due to hazards in their occupation.