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Iranian women step through the snow as they pass statues of Iranian poets in a park in north of Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008. Heavy overnight snowfalls covered most parts of Iran on Sunday, leading to closure of schools and major roads and canceled domestic flights, IRNA (Iranian official news agency) said. (Hasan Sarbakhshian / AP)

TEHRAN, Iran -- The heaviest snowfall in more than a decade has left at least 21 people dead in Iran -- some buried under avalanches, some frozen to death and others killed in traffic accidents, state media reported Monday.
As much as 22 inches of snow has fallen in areas of northern and central Iran since Saturday, said meteorologist Ali Abedini.
The cold weather has caused problems for residents in western Iran, with about a dozen towns suffering from gas cuts due to a surge in demand and a cut in gas exports from Turkmenistan.
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