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At Least 165 Killed In Afghan Avalanches


This file photo shows snow being cleared near the Salang Pass in 2008.

This file photo shows snow being cleared near the Salang Pass in 2008.

SALANG PASS, Afghanistan -- At least 165 people have been killed in avalanches that have blocked a mountain pass north of Kabul, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

RFE/RL correspondent Ahmed Hanayesh, who is on the scene, reports that some 150 people have also been injured. He says rescue efforts are continuing to try to find more people trapped under the snow.

He reports that the bad weather has abated, but that another storm is moving in.

The avalanches occurred following heavy snow near the Salang Pass, along a key road linking the Afghan capital with the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif that passes through the Hindu Kush mountains.
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