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Losses from heavy snowfall continues as 20 more dead in Badakhshan

Losses from heavy snowfall continues as 20 more dead in Badakhshan

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:47

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Twenty people have been killed and dozens wounded due to heavy snowfall and roads blockades in four districts of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Monday.

Gul Mohammad Baidar, deputy governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News Maiemi, Shaki, Yawan and Arghistan districts had been hit hard by continued snowfall over the past three days.

Ten people had been killed 12 others wounded and 25 homes buried under snow in Maiemi district. As many as 175 people managed to take refuge in a safe place.

He said eight sick people in Yawan district who should had been shifted to the hospital died due to the blockade of roads, adding roads of 14 districts had been disconnected to Faizabad, the provincial capital.

Baidar said total 50 homes had been buried under snow and some destroyed in Arghistan, Shaki and Yawan districts.

Due to the blockade of roads there were difficulties in transportation of aid and the defence ministry had been asked for air support.