54 dead in se­vere weather in Afghanista­n, Pak­istan

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KABUL, Afghanista­n — Se­vere win­ter weather has struck parts of Afghanista­n and Pak­istan, with heavy snow­fall, rains and flash floods that left at least 54 peo­ple dead, of­fi­cials said Mon­day as au­thor­i­ties strug­gled to clear and re­open high­ways and evac­u­ate peo­ple to safer places.

In Pak­istan, where 30 peo­ple were re­ported killed, much of the dam­age struck south­west­ern Baluchis­tan prov­ince. Im­ran Zarkon, chief of pro­vin­cial dis­as­ter man­age­ment, said 14 died there in the past 24 hours, mainly when roofs col­lapsed amid heavy snow­fall.

Heavy snow­fall had forced clo­sures of many high­ways, with some parts in the prov­ince un­der 6 inches of snow.

In Afghanista­n, harsh weather conditions led to the death of at least 24 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry for Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment.

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