Avalanches in Afghanistan obstruct aid efforts

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Heavy snow and avalanches often inflict human loss and property damages in winter in Afghanistan

Aid agencies in north-east Afghanistan are finding it hard to deliver food and medical supplies to villagers trapped by heavy snowfall and landslides, according to OCHA, the UN's humanitarian agency.

So far, 29 people are reportedly dead and 40 others are injured.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Heavy snow and avalanches in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous province of Badakhshan are severely hampering aid efforts in the north-east of the country, OCHA says.

The disaster has hit an area already struggling to cope with food insecurity.

OCHA has dispatched staff to the region and efforts are underway to assess the extent of the damage and mobilize rescue teams.

Limited snow and rainfall last winter had led to drought in 14 Afghan provinces, including Badakhshan, leaving as many as 2.8 million people in need of aid.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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