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Nearly 30 People Injured Due to Heavy Snowfall in Afghanistan

Kabul: The recent onslaught of heavy snowfall across multiple provinces in Afghanistan has brought about devastating consequences, claiming the lives of 15 individuals and leaving nearly 30 others injured, as reported by TOLOnews.

The aftermath of the snowfall has also taken a toll on livestock, with close to ten thousand animals perishing in the provinces of Balkh and Faryab alone, according to statistics provided by TOLOnews.

Residents in affected areas, such as Abdul Qadir from Sar-e-Pul, expressed deep concern over the ongoing heavy snowfall, highlighting the loss of livestock, blocked roads, and restricted movement in the region. Amanullah, echoing these sentiments, emphasized the urgent need for government assistance to alleviate the suffering of those impacted by road blockages and the plight of starving livestock.

In response to the crisis, Afghanistan has announced the establishment of a committee comprising various ministries to address the damages, particularly focusing on aiding livestock owners. A fund of fifty million Afghanis has been allocated to support affected livestock owners in several provinces, including Balkh, Jawzjan, Badghis, Faryab, and Herat.

Misbahuddin Mustaeen, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, praised the swift response of committees formed across all provinces. These committees are actively engaged in efforts to clear blocked roads, distribute essential supplies such as food and fodder to affected communities, and rescue individuals stranded in the aftermath of the heavy snowfall.

Winter service workers from the Afghan Red Crescent Society have been deployed to provide assistance in provinces such as Badghis, Ghor, Farah, Kandahar, Helmand, Jawzjan, and Nuristan, extending aid to those affected by the recent snowfalls.

The severe snowfall has resulted in the closure of key transportation routes, including the Salang Pass, and access to various provinces like Ghor, Badghis, Ghazni, Herat, and Bamyan. Mohammad Ashraf Haqshenas, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Works, confirmed the temporary blockage of these routes due to heavy snowfall over the past two days.

Esmatullah Muradi, spokesperson for the provincial governor of Faryab, reported road closures in most districts of the province, leaving residents in remote areas stranded. Tragically, one person lost their life in the Chahar Sada district on the Turkmenistan border, as reported by TOLOnews.

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