Dozens Killed in Afghanistan Avalanche

Posted: March 6, 2012 in Middle East, natural disasters
Tags: , ,

Fatal avalanches in America in the last couple of weeks have caused major concern, but none were this bad.
———————————-
Dozens killed in Afghanistan avalanche
Aljazeera online
6 March 2012

Army helicopters sent to Badakhshan, a province on the Tajikistan border, where an entire village is buried under snow.

At least 42 people have died in an avalanche that hit a village in northeastern Afghanistan, local officials say. Hundreds more remained trapped on Tuesday under the snow, according to the officials. The avalanche covered at least one village in Badakhshan province, near the border with Tajikistan.

Afghan army helicopters descended on the north of Badakhshan to try to rescue the trapped families.

Afghanistan’s harshest winter in 15 years has led to the deaths of 24 children in IDP camps around Kabul. Six people injured in the snow were evacuated to neighboring Tajikistan for emergency medical treatment.

Hundreds of household animals perished and a number of houses are said to be destroyed in Tuesday’s avalanche, according to Afghan media outlets.

“The way to the village is closed, it is covered in snow,” Abdul Marof Rasikh, spokesman for Badakshan’s governor, said of the village of about 300 people accessible only via helicopter, located in the Shekay district. According to the Pajhwok news service, a hundred residents of nearby villages were the first to reach the site.

The residents launched a rescue effort with their bare hands and shovels, officials told the local outlet. Rasikh told Al Jazeera that it is believed the entire village has been buried under snow.

Freezing cold and avalanches have already claimed the lives of 60 people in Badakhshan this winter. Among them were 35 children who died over two days in late February after roads to districts were blocked by heavy snow.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/03/201236144644671395.html

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s