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World Official says avalanches in Afghanistan kill 21 people

09:10  14 february  2020
09:10  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Turkey avalanches kill 31, including rescue workers

  Turkey avalanches kill 31, including rescue workers At least 31 people, many of them rescuers, have been killed and dozens are feared trapped after two avalanches near Turkey's eastern border with Iran, authorities say. More than 100 rescue workers had been sent to Van province in eastern Turkey to try and reach two people believed to be still buried after an avalanche on Tuesday evening hit the area, killing five, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said in a statement. The second avalanche came down at around midday on Wednesday, burying rescue teams. Fourteen rescuers are among the 31 killed, the agency said.

Thirteen people were also killed in an avalanche in northern Pakistan, nine Afghanistan 's minister of state natural disasters, Wais Ahmad Barmak, confirmed the number of dead to BBC Afghan . Dozens are marooned there without food. Officials are warning of more avalanches as snow storms

Afghanistan avalanche kill 150 people Officials in Afghanistan say at least 150 people have died after a series of devastating avalanches . Most of the

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A series of avalanches struck a central province in Afghanistan the previous day, killing at least 21 people, authorities said Friday.

A beggar woman waits for handouts on a cold, foggy morning in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Temperatures in Kabul early Wednesday were -4 C (25F). (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)© Provided by Associated Press A beggar woman waits for handouts on a cold, foggy morning in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Temperatures in Kabul early Wednesday were -4 C (25F). (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

According to Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman of the ministry for disaster management, seven people remain missing following the avalanches in central Daykundi province on Thursday while 10 were injured.

The 21 killed were all from two families in the area, Azimi said. At least 50 houses were destroyed. Azimi added that search and rescue teams have been working since Thursday to find the missing and help the victims.

US and Afghan troops come under direct fire during operation, US military says

  US and Afghan troops come under direct fire during operation, US military says US and Afghan forces conducting an operation in eastern Afghanistan came under direct fire on Saturday, according to the US military. "A combined US and Afghan forces conducting an operation in Nangarhar province was engaged by direct fire on February 8th. We are assessing the situation and will provide further updates as they become available," Col. Sonny Leggett, spokesman for the US forces in Afghanistan, told CNN.Between 12,000 and 13,000 US troops are currently serving in Afghanistan fighting terrorist groups and assisting local forces in the country.

February 4 – The 2017 Afghanistan avalanches killed at least 143 and injured 103 people .[7]. Also that day in a roadside bomb in western Farah Province killed the regions top police official , the February 8 – Six Afghans working for the Red Cross were killed by suspected ISIL-KP gunmen and

At least 42 people have been killed by an avalanche in Afghanistan 's remote north-eastern Badakhshan province, officials say . The number of people killed in the village in Shekay district is expected to rise, a spokesman for the governor told the BBC. Badakhshan is one of the country's

He said the number of dead was expected to climb with cold weather and difficult conditions hampering rescue efforts. Most highways have been closed for weeks, due to heavy snowfall and fears of avalanches.

This winter in Afghanistan has been harsh, with heavy snowfall, avalanches and flash flooding. Thursday's deaths bring the death toll from avalanches and flash floods in the country in the past two months to 72. Scores have also been injured and 2,400 houses have been swept away in flash floods since the start of winter.

Afghanistan has suffered through more than four decades of war and conflict since the Soviet invasion in 1979. But natural disasters such as landslides, floods and avalanches have also taken a heavy toll on a country with little infrastructure or development outside of its major cities. Environmental degradation has also worsened the problems.

US says preparing to sign deal with Taliban on February 29 .
The United States is preparing to sign a deal with the Taliban on February 29, building on an agreement on reducing violence across Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. "Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the US-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward," he said in a statement released after visiting Saudi Arabia.

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