Heavy snow in Afghanistan, kills 54

Heavy snow in Afghanistan
The loss of life toll from three days of heavy snow throughout Afghanistan rose to 54 on Sunday and there have been fears the toll may rise as rescuers started clearing roads to distant areas.

Avalanches destroyed scores of properties and blocked roads in central and northeastern provinces, a spokesman for the ministry of pure disasters informed AFP.

“Up to now, 54 individuals have misplaced their lives and 52 have been injured because of avalanches and freezing climate in 22 provinces,” mentioned Mohammad Omar Mohammadi.

He mentioned 168 homes have been destroyed and 340 cattle killed.

Authorities concern the toll might rise sharply as a result of rescue crews have but to succeed in a few of the worst-hit areas.

Within the badly hit northeastern province of Badakhshan at the least 18 folks, together with three ladies and two youngsters, have been killed when avalanches hit their homes in a single day, mentioned provincial spokesman Naweed Frotan.

“A number of dozens are nonetheless trapped, we try to rescue them,” he mentioned, including that many roads have been nonetheless blocked.

5 folks have been killed by avalanches within the Balkhab district of Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan and at the least 70 folks trapped below the snow have been being rescued, mentioned provincial spokesman Zabiullah Amani.

“The roads to Balkhab are nonetheless blocked and we try to open them,” he mentioned.

Freezing climate killed at the least two folks and over 100 animals within the western province of Badghis.

In Parwan province simply north of Kabul, the spokesman for governor Wahid Sediqqi mentioned 16 folks died.

The federal government declared Sunday, a standard working day in Afghanistan, to be a public vacation to discourage non-essential journey and guarantee faculties have been closed. Unusually, snow even fell within the southern province of Kandahar.

Neighbouring Pakistan was additionally hit by extreme climate, with a number of folks killed within the northwest by avalanches or heavy rain. The area has been hit by heavy snowfall that’s 4 ft (1.2 metres) deep in some locations.

Lethal avalanches are widespread in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter and rescue efforts are often hampered by lack of kit. Regardless of billions of {dollars} in worldwide assist after the ousting of the Taliban authorities in 2001, Afghanistan stays among the many world’s poorest nations.

Final month heavy snowfall and freezing climate killed 27 youngsters, all below the age of 5, in Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan.


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