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Snow leaves 5 dead, roads blocked in Nuristan

Snow leaves 5 dead, roads blocked in Nuristan

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Jan 26, 2017 - 17:54

ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Five people were reported dead following heavy snowfall that clogged several roads in the eastern province of Nuristan, public representatives said on Thursday.

The provincial council chief, Asadullah Nuristani, told Pajhwok Afghan News that snow hit various parts of the province for two days in a row, blocking a number of highways.

He said the snow had also blocked the road connecting Paroon, the provincial capital, with neighboring Kunar province.

He said they had recorded 1.3 centimeters of snow that created problems for local residents and the road blocks had sent commodities’ prices soaring.

The public representative urged the central government to provide snow-clearing machinery to Nuristan to keep highways and road cleared of snow in winter.

Nuristan governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum said the heavy snowing had not only blocked roads but had also caused financial losses and deaths.

He said three persons were killed in a roof-collapse incident in Want Weigal district and another two persons died in a car-plunge incident in Want area following heavy snowfall.

The governor said the snow had blocked the Paroon highway until Staf area where avalanches had also occurred.

The governor said they lacked enough resources to clear highways of snow and the only snow clearing vehicle they had was faulty and needed repair.

He said Nuristan received nothing from last year’s donation of machines by Japan to the Public Works Ministry.

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