x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Afghan avalanches kill at least 28

At least 28 people are dead and another 1,500 are stranded following multiple avalanches in Afghanistan.

KABUL // At least 28 people are dead and another 1,500 are stranded following multiple avalanches in Afghanistan. The defence ministry released a statement saying another 70 people have been injured as rescuers continue to dig out hundreds of vehicles stuck on a snow-blocked pass north of Kabul. The avalanches took place yesterday following heavy snows in the Salang Pass that links the Afghan capital with the northern city of Mazar I Sharif. Parwan provincial police chief Gen Abdul Rahman Sayedkhail said rescuers worked through the night to save more than 200 people.

* AP