Afghanistan death toll rises after avalanches destroy homes


    Rescuers start clearing streets to remote regions with handfuls caught after overwhelming snow hits focal and north-eastern areas23

    An Afghan man advances down a snow shrouded road in Kabul on Sunday

    An Afghan man advances down a snow shrouded road in Kabul on Sunday. Photo: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images

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    Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    Sunday 5 February 2017 15.04 GMT Last changed on Sunday 5 February 2017 22.00 GMT

    The loss of life from three days of substantial snow crosswise over Afghanistan has ascended to 54 in the midst of fears it could rise further as rescuers clear streets to remote zones.

    Torrential slides wrecked scores of homes and blocked streets in focal and north-eastern areas, a representative for the service of catastrophic events told AFP.

    “Up until now, 54 people have lost their lives and 52 were harmed subsequently of torrential slides and solidifying climate in 22 areas,” said Mohammad Omar Mohammadi. He said 168 houses were wrecked and 340 steers murdered.

    Specialists fear the loss of life may rise forcefully in light of the fact that protect teams still couldn’t seem to achieve a portion of the most exceedingly awful hit ranges.

    In the gravely hit north-eastern area of Badakhshan, no less than 18 individuals, including two kids, were murdered when torrential slides hit their homes overnight, said commonplace representative Naweed Frotan.

    “A few handfuls are still caught, we are attempting to protect them,” he stated, including that numerous streets were still blocked.

    Five individuals were murdered by torrential slides in the Balkhab area of Sari Pul region in northern Afghanistan and no less than 70 individuals caught under the snow were being protected, said another representative, Zabiullah Amani.

    “The streets to Balkhab are still blocked and we are attempting to open them,” he said.

    The administration proclaimed Sunday, for the most part a working day in Afghanistan, to be an open occasion to stop insignificant travel and guarantee schools were shut.

    Neighboring Pakistan was likewise hit by extreme climate, with no less than 13 individuals slaughtered in the north-west of the nation by torrential slides or substantial rain.

    A torrential slide crushed into eight homes in the town of Shershal in Chitral locale, slaughtering four ladies, a man and four kids. The locale has been hit by overwhelming snowfall that is 1.2 meters (4ft) somewhere down in a few spots.

    In the Khyber tribal area on the Afghan outskirt in the north-west, three youngsters were murdered and two ladies harmed when the top of their home fallen in substantial rain.

    Lethal torrential slides are regular in Afghanistan’s uneven zones in winter and protect endeavors are every now and again hampered by absence of gear.

    In spite of billions of dollars in universal guide after the removing of the Taliban government in 2001, Afghanistan stays among the world’s poorest countries. A month ago, substantial snowfall and solidifying climate killed 27 youngsters, all less than five years old, in Jawzjan territory in northern Afghanistan.