Wednesday 26 July 2017

At least 38 die as Afghanistan ravaged by avalanches

An Afghan woman walks on a snowy day in Kabul, Afghanistan (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)
An Afghan woman walks on a snowy day in Kabul, Afghanistan (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

Malcolm Smith

At least 38 people have been killed and dozens injured in Afghanistan due to avalanches caused by heavy snow.

Two-thirds of Afghanistan's 34 provinces have experienced heavy snow in the last three days. Approximately 20 homes have been destroyed by avalanches and nearly 50 others heavily damaged.

Mohammad Aseem, provincial governor in northern Parwan province, said 16 people were killed and eight others injured in avalanches in two districts. A team had been dispatched to affected areas but many roads had been blocked by snow.

Naweed Frotan, spokesman for the provincial governor in Badakhshan province, said initial reports showed at least 18 people killed, but the numbers were expected to rise.

More than 550 animals have been killed and more than 1,000 hectares of agricultural lands destroyed by the weather.

Irish Independent

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