Avalanches Kill 29 In Northeastern Afghanistan

Published January 19, 2012 6:09AM (EST)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say avalanches have killed at least 29 people in Afghanistan's mountainous northeast. Rescuers are still struggling to reach the worst-hit areas, which are cut off by heavy snow blocking the roads.

The Afghan National Disaster Management Agency said Thursday at least 40 more people have been injured in avalanches since Monday in Badakhshan province.

It says roads outside the provincial capital of Faizabad are blocked by at least 6 feet (2 meters) of snow.

Avalanches are a danger in many parts of Afghanistan during the winter.

In February 2010, an avalanche killed at least 171 people near the Salang Pass, a major route through the Hindu Kush mountains that connects the Afghan capital of Kabul to the north of the country.

By Salon Staff

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