Dozens killed after avalanches hit Afghanistan

In Afghanistan almost 100 have lost their lives in the past three days - including 16 in overnight avalanches just north of the capital Kabul.

According to Fox, the avalanches have destroyed more than 150 homes and 2,500 acres of farmland.

"Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them", he said, adding that many roads were still blocked.

The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow that has destroyed scores of homes mainly in central and north-eastern provinces.

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Avalanches in Afghanistan have killed at least 54 people in the last three days, officials said Sunday.

Hafiz Abdul Qayum, governor of Nuristan province in Afghanistan, told Reuters: "Based on information from district officials, 50 dead bodies have been recovered and the number may increase".

"We are trying to rescue them".

Due to timely early warning and awareness campaign most of the houses were already evacuated.

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Naweed Frotan, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan Province, said the government was working to reach 12 districts that had been completely cut off.

The heavy snowstorms led the Afghan government to declare a public holiday on Sunday.

As many as 14 people are still believed to be trapped beneath collapsed houses, with the ongoing bad weather hindering rescue operations.

Heavy snow was also reported in the Afghan capital of Kabul, where the government said it had closed its offices.

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Each winter, heavy snowfall and avalanches kill scores of people in Afghanistan, where inadequate emergency equipment does not match the scope of natural disasters.

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