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Death toll rises to 39 in Afghanistan avalanche

Arafat Rahman

Roads and highways in various provinces have been blocked due to snowfall.

So far 39 people have died due to heavy snowfall in different provinces of Afghanistan. In addition, 30 others were injured.

Roads and highways in various provinces have been blocked due to snowfall.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Disaster Management of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Zhan Sayek, said that 39 people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of animals also died.

He said, “639 residential buildings have been partially or completely destroyed in the recent snowfall and rain. Besides, 14 thousand domestic animals died.

At the same time, this snowfall has been a blessing for many. Because it increases the surface water required for agriculture.

Afghan media Khama Press reported that the Salang highway was reopened on Monday (March 4) after four consecutive days of snowfall. Now vehicles are moving through that road.

Due to the lack of adequate preparation to deal with the calamities caused by avalanches, so many casualties and deaths are taking place.

Afghanistan’s neighboring country Pakistan is also experiencing heavy rains and snowfalls. Many parts of the country are cut off due to highway closures.

29 people have died in Pakistan due to rain and snow in the last few days. Most of the casualties occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 16 of the dead are children. In a report on Sunday (March 3), the country’s media outlet Express Tribune said this information.

24 people lost their lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone due to rain and snow. Of which Shish 14 people. Besides, 34 others were injured in various ways. Pakistan’s Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said work was underway to reopen the blocked roads. However, this activity is being disrupted due to continuous snowfall.

In addition to the deaths of civilians, many homes have been destroyed in Pakistan. Besides, many animals are trapped under the snow.

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