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Heavy Snow, Avalanches Cut Off Areas In Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

Heavy snows in the mountains of southern Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have triggered avalanches and left large sections of both countries cut off.

Kyrgyzstan's Deputy Minister for Emergency Situations Mukanbet Kasymaliev said that all roads are blocked in the Chong Alai district of Osh Province.

"Ground transportation links are gone," Kasymaliev said, adding that basic goods are already in short supply there.

The main highway between Osh and the capital, Bishkek, is also closed in places due to avalanches.

In Tajikistan, the highway connecting the capital to the northern Sughd region is blocked by snow. The road leading to Tajikistan's eastern city of Khorugh is also blocked.

In some places of Tajikistan, local officials are reporting the heaviest snowfalls and the lowest temperatures in some 50 years.

With ITAR-TASS and Interfax reports