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At least 11 dead in widespread rain and snowstorms across Afghanistan

Heavy snow and torrential rains over the past three days have killed at least 11 people and injured more than 20 others, according to the Ministry of State for Disaster Management of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA).
According to the IEA-affiliated Bakhtar state news agency, Kabul and Helmand, Nimroz, Farah, Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Jawzjan, Takhar and Kandahar provinces have witnessed heavy snow and floods in recent days.
Dozens of people trapped in snow and floods have been rescued, Bakhtar quoted government ministry officials as saying. All ministries across the country are on standby, the ministry said.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the IEA’s deputy prime minister and head of the group’s anti-disaster commission, has instructed ministries and departments to provide emergency relief to those affected by the recent rains.
Heavy snowfall in recent days in some provinces, including the central regions, has led to the closure of roads. According to local officials, there are no road reopening facilities in some provinces.
Meanwhile, Mullah Abdul Khaliq Haqmal, head of the Bamiyan Public Works Department, said that the Shato pass and other Bamiyan to Daikundi routes which were blocked by recent snowfall are now open to traffic.
According to Haqmal, road crews are now working to reopen other roads.The post At least 11 dead in widespread rain and snowstorms across Afghanistan first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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