14 die in snowfall, severe cold in Afghanistan

14 die in snowfall,  severe cold in Afghanistan
At least 14 persons have died in snowfall and freezing weather in Afghanistan, an official said on Sunday.
Ten people died due to snowfall in Jawzjan and the neighbouring Saripul province on Sunday, while four others died in Badakhshan since early Saturday, Xinhua news agency quoted the official as saying.

More than 150 people have lost their lives in snowfall and chilly, sub-zero temperatures in the war-ravaged Afghanistan in the past two weeks.

The Salang highway connecting northern and central Afghanistan and crossing high mountains was also closed and will remain blocked until the snow is cleared from the main road, said police general Rajab Salangi, who oversees the area.


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