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Afghan Avalanche Death Toll Rises amid Rescue

Severe weather has affected at least 18 of Afghanistan\'s 34 provinces. Nationwide, well over 200 people have died.

Published: 28th February 2015 08:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2015 09:13 PM   |  A+A-

Afghan Avalanche

Afghans take cover from snow blowing after an avalanche, in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The death toll from severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding across much of Afghanistan has

By PTI

KABUL:  An Afghan official says the death toll from a massive avalanche in a valley near the capital Kabul is rising as rescue teams gain access to villages that have been buried beneath deep snow for days.

Mohammad Aslam Syas, deputy chief of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, says 186 people have been confirmed dead in the hard-hit Panjshir Province, 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Kabul.

Machinery has been moved into the Panjshir Valley to help clear roads buried beneath at least 1 metre (3 feet) of snow since early this week. Syas says army helicopters today continued to distribute food and other essentials to villages cut off for days.

Severe weather has affected at least 18 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces. Nationwide, well over 200 people have died.

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