Avalanche kills 20 people in eastern Afghanistan

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Provincial officials in the eastern Kunar province said that an avalanche has so far killed 20 people and that rescue operations are still underway.

Bakhtar News agency-Afghanistan news agency- quoting the local authorities said that the avalanche occurred on Sunday morning, February 6 in Goriga area of the Dangam district of the province along the Durand Line.

Local residents have said that 15 people have so far been confirmed dead while five others are still trapped under the snow.

As per the authorities, all the victims are those who illegally wanted to cross the line into Pakistan.

Earlier, an avalanche inflicted casualties to over twenty people in western Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan is experi-encing the wettest winter in the past 15 years as snowfall and rainfall have been seen in the whole country.—Khaama Press.

 

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