Friday 23 February 2018

Afghan avalanche death toll rises

An Afghan teenager clean off the snow from his home roof top in a village close to an avalanche site in Panjshir province north of Kabul (AP)
An Afghan teenager clean off the snow from his home roof top in a village close to an avalanche site in Panjshir province north of Kabul (AP)

The death toll from an avalanche caused by heavy winter snows in a mountainous valley north east of the capital Kabul has risen to 162, according to a senior Afghan military officer.

General Kadam Shah Shahim, commander of the Afghan army's Kabul Corps, says 1,000 troops had been deployed to Panjshir province, about 60 miles (100km) from Kabul, to assist rescue efforts. He says the toll is expected to rise.

Abdul Rahman Kabiri, the acting governor of Panjshir, said many people had been pulled alive from houses buried by the snow.

Heavy snows this week across four north-eastern provinces caused deadly avalanches and flooding.

Power to Kabul was cut and the Salang Tunnel connecting the north and south was closed.

Press Association

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