Afghanistan avalanches kill at least 54

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

KABUL — Avalanches in Afghanistan have killed at least 54 peo­ple in the last three days, of­fi­cials said Sun­day. Omer Mo­ham­madi, spokesman for the Afghan state min­is­ter for dis­as­ter man­age­ment and hu­man­i­tar­ian af­fairs, said that more than 50 oth­ers have been in­jured in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, up­dat­ing an ear­lier toll. He said more than 150 homes have been de­stroyed by the avalanches and that 50 oth­ers were heav­ily dam­aged. The avalanches, which came af­ter heavy snow­fall, have also killed an es­ti­mated 550 an­i­mals and de­stroyed more than 2,500 acres of farm­land, Mo­ham­madi said. Mo­ham­mad Aseem, gov­er­nor of the hard-hit north­ern prov­ince of Par­wan, said 16 peo­ple were killed and eight oth­ers in­jured in avalanches in two dis­tricts. He said a team had been dis­patched to af­fected ar­eas but that many roads were blocked by snow. He and other of­fi­cials said the death toll may rise as re­ports come in from re­mote ar­eas.

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