Afghanistan’s Panjshir Hit By Deadly Avalanches

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A series of avalanches has struck norther part of the Afghan capital, Kabul, leaving at least 85 dead, officials have said. BBC was there:

Heavy snow in recent days in Panjshir province and the Salang Pass has blocked roads, cut off villages and caused several avalanches. Acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri told the BBC earlier that some 30 people were still trapped.

Avalanches are relatively common in the area, with dozens dying in major incidents in 2010 and 2012. Some reports describe local people digging through the snow with their bare hands in the struggle to rescue the trapped.

Officials say rescue efforts have been hampered by the treacherous conditions. Most of the deaths have happened in remote areas, meaning the death toll is likely to continue rising as rescue teams reach more areas. The deluge of snow came after a relatively mild and dry winter.

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