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Death toll due to heavy snowfall in Afghanistan up to 88
06/02/2017 | LOC16:01
13:01 GMT
| World News
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ISLAMABAD, Feb 6 (KUNA) -- The death toll in ongoing wet spell and heavy snowfall in different parts of Afghanistan rose to 88 as an avalanche buried an entire village in eastern Nuristan province, said officials on Monday.
Nuristan Governor, Hafiz Abdul Qayum told media that so far 46 bodies and a dozen injured people had been retrieved from under the snow in Asfa Tol village in the Barg-i-Matal district of Nuristan.
He said the disaster buried at least 70 homes in the village and a rescue operation was underway. The victims included women, children and elderly people. The heavy snowfall had created problems for people and had blocked roads to districts, he added.
In southeastern Paktia province, four people were killed and 12 others wounded in Warmami district and nine persons were injured in Terwa district due to heavy rain that left injured another 11 people in Wazakhwa and Khoshamand districts and destroyed 18 homes.
In eastern Nangarhar province, hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged and roads blocked due to snowfall and rain. Nangarhar governor's spokesperson, Attaullah Khugyani told media that 394 houses had been destroyed and 325 animals perished because of heavy rain.
Earlier on Sunday, at least 38 people lost their lives and many others wounded in central Parwan, Logar, western Herat and northern Sar-i-Pul provinces of Afghanistan due to ongoing wet spell and snowfall in the country, said Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). (end) sbk.mt
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