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Avalanches and snowstorms kill scores in Afghanistan

Avalanches and snowstorms kill scores in Afghanistan

The bulk of the deaths occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, said Mohammad Omar Mohammadi, a spokesman for the ministry of natural disasters.

Approximately 20 homes have been destroyed by avalanches and almost 50 others heavily damaged.

Avalanches in Afghanistan have killed at least 54 people in the last three days, officials said Sunday.

At least five other deaths from collapsed roofs were reported elsewhere in Nuristan.

In the north-eastern province of Badakhshan, officials confirmed at least 18 people - including three women and two children - after avalanches hit their homes.

Heavy snow also blanketed the Afghan capital of Kabul, where the government closed its offices on Sunday.

In a separate incident in the Chitral region, a rescue worker was killed when an avalanche struck a check post near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the commanding officer said.

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The snow and ice has forced the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to close and over 200 motorists have been rescued along the Kabul-Kandahar highway, the BBC reports.

Officials have warned that more snow storms - and likely more avalanches - are on the way.

"Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them", he said, adding that many roads remained blocked.

Mr Mohammadi said 550 animals had died and more than 1,000 hectares of farmland had been destroyed.

"The roads to Balkhab are still blocked and we are trying to open them", he said.

Aseem says a team has been dispatched to the affected areas but numerous roads are blocked by snow. In Pakistan, 13 people were killed in an avalanche that buried five homes.


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