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'At least 38' killed in Afghanistan avalanches

'At least 38' killed in Afghanistan avalanches

In Afghanistan almost 100 died in the past three days - including 16 in overnight avalanches just north of the capital Kabul.

He added that the raging avalanches had destroyed over 150 homes and heavily damaged 50 others in different provinces.

The avalanches, which followed three days of heavy snow, destroyed homes and blocked roads in central and northeastern provinces.

Avalanches in Afghanistan have killed at least 54 people in the last three days, officials said Sunday.

In eastern Afghanistan, at least 50 people died and dozens more were missing on Sunday after an avalanche buried a village in Nuristan, provincial governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum said.

"Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them", said Naweed Frotan, spokesman for the province.

Freezing weather also killed at least two people and over 100 animals in western Badghis province.

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Heavy snow was also reported in the Afghan capital of Kabul, where the government said it had closed its offices.

Kabul's main airport has been closed and the government declared an emergency day off work for the nation.

Nine people, including four children, were killed in the village of Shershal in the region - which has experienced up to 4ft of snowfall.

Six people who had been trapped beneath the snow were rescued.

A separate avalanche killed a soldier at a border checkpoint in Chitral, the military said, while six other soldiers were injured.

Officials have warned that more snow storms - and likely more avalanches - are on the way.

Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan's mountainous areas in winter and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.


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