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Avalanches claim 88 lives in Panjshir

AT-KABUL: At least 88 people died and 23 others wounded due to heavy snowfall and avalanches in northern Panjshir province, said officials.

Panjshir Governor, Abdurahman Kabiri, said that since last night heavy snowfall and avalanches claimed lives of 88 people and injured 23 others in different districts of the province.

He said that most of the victims are family members including women and children. The governor said that 15 other people are trapped in the mountainous areas. Paryan, Hesa-e-Awal, Dara and Bazarak districts were affected by the series of avalanches.

At least 100 houses, two school and three mosques have been destroyed, he said.

Over 110cm of snow has fallen in the province, and highways leading to the provincial capital Bazarak, has been closed to traffic. “Relevant authorities are busy in clearing the roads of snow. Snow-cleaning machines from Kapisa and Parwan provinces have reached the area. Nearly 50 kilometer area has been cleared of snow, so far,” the governor said.

He added that police and security forces are also cooperated with the rescue teams. He further said that Ministry of Public Work has dispatched rescue teams but haven’t reached the province.

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