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Deadly Avalanches Sweep Northeastern Afghanistan

At least 162 people have died in a series of avalanches in mountainous regions of northeastern Afghanistan. Officials said on February 25 that most of the victims were in Panjshir Province, where heavy snowfall in recent days destroyed more than 100 homes and blocked main roads. The death toll was expected to rise, as other victims are believed to be trapped under the snow.
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Residents of Bazarak district in Panjshir Province walk down a mountainside after searching for avalanche victims.
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Residents of Bazarak district in Panjshir Province walk down a mountainside after searching for avalanche victims.

Afghan authorities clear a road as part of rescue efforts. Heavy snow blocking traffic on the roads has made it difficult for rescue workers to reach the affected villages.
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Afghan authorities clear a road as part of rescue efforts. Heavy snow blocking traffic on the roads has made it difficult for rescue workers to reach the affected villages.

Afghan police remove bodies recovered from the site of an avalanche.
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Afghan police remove bodies recovered from the site of an avalanche.

An avalanche survivor receives medical treatment at a hospital in the Panjshir Valley.
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An avalanche survivor receives medical treatment at a hospital in the Panjshir Valley.

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