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Badakhshan avalanches cause casualties, damage homes


Badakhshan avalanches cause casualties, damage homes

Jan 31, 2017 - 15:18

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): One man was killed and another seven were wounded in two avalanches in the Raghistan district of northeastern Badakhshan province. Some houses were also destroyed, officials said on Tuesday.

The avalanches occurred in Sopah and Guljar villages of the district on Monday night, Sayed Abdullah Humayun Dehqan, the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the avalanche in Sopah village killed one individual and inflicted injuries on another seven. The wounded were evacuated to the district hospital.

Dehqan said another avalanche hit Guljar village, destroying and damaging a number of residences and inflicting heavy financial losses on villagers. The incident did not cause casualties, however.

Over the past few days, continued snowfall in Badakhshan has blocked many roads in the province, whose residents are faced with numerous problems as a result.