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Extreme Weather Kills More Than 220 In Afghanistan


Afghan villagers perform funeral prayers for avalanche victims in Panjshir Province on February 26.

The UN says the death toll from days of severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding across central and northeastern Afghanistan has jumped to at least 229 people.

The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on February 27 the deaths occurred in at least 18 provinces, with hundreds more people left homeless.

The bulk of the deaths occurred in the northern province of Panjshir, where avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall destroyed more than 100 homes.

The number of casualties was expected to climb as rescuers begin to reach the remote avalanche and flood-hit areas.

OCHA said many people remained cut off from help as roads were blocked by deep snow.

It said very cold temperatures are expected in many parts of Afghanistan in the coming days.

The Salang Tunnel, which links Kabul to northern Afghanistan, remained closed, and power supplies in the capital were off and on.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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