Death toll from Afghan avalanches tops 200
Afghan men carry the body of a victim of avalanches after funeral prayers in Khench district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul, on Thursday.
AFP/Kabul – More than 200 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, warning the death toll could rise still further.
The bulk of the deaths were in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, where at least 168 people were killed, acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri told AFP.
The avalanches came after days of heavy snow, which destroyed more than 100 homes in the province and blocked main roads, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.
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Source News: Gulf Times