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Several Killed As Bad Weather Strikes Afghanistan, Central Asia

Afghanistan has been blanketed in snow in recent days.
Afghanistan has been blanketed in snow in recent days.

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At least 19 people have been killed after heavy snow blanketed parts of Afghanistan and neighboring Central Asian states.

The deputy governor of Afghanistan's northwestern province of Jowzjan, Abdul Rahman Mahmoudi, said on February 5 that heavy snow fell from January 31 to late on February 4 and it has been blamed for the deaths of 14 local residents, including five children.

In Tashkent, the capital of neighboring Uzbekistan, snow caused a plane to slip off a runway on February 5. No one was hurt in the incident.

Another plane in neighboring Tajikistan's southern city of Kulob also skidded off a runway on February 3 due to heavy snow.   No one was hurt there either.

All Tajik schools and universities have been closed until February 10.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, avalanches caused by heavy snowfall have killed five people over the past several days.

PHOTO GALLERY: Heavy Snow From The Middle East To Central Asia
  • Snow blankets the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.
  • Kandahar, Afghanistan has not seen such heavy snow for 30 years.
  • A rare sight: snow accumulates on cars in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • Snow covers a field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • Snow fell across much of Iran, with some of the heaviest in the northern province of Mazandaran.
  • In the northern province of Mazandaran, residents reported electricity shortages that were blamed on the heavy snow.
  • In Iran's Mazandaran Province, a bicyclist tries his luck on a snowy road.
  • The slippery conditions made driving difficult in Iran's Mazandaran Province.
  • Many people got around on foot in Iran's Gilan Province.
  • Young people play in the snow in a park in Iran's capital, Tehran.
  • A car needs a push to get up a small hill for a refill in Tajikistan's capital, Dushanbe.
  • Pedestrians take to the streets in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
  • Snow coats the sidewalks, roads, and trees in Tajikistan's capital.
  • Snowy, icy roads in Dushanbe, Tajikistan made it tough going for motorists.
  • A cleanup crew works to clear the heavy snow in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
  • Snow slows traffic in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
  • A tanker truck gets stuck in Kulob, Tajikistan.

With reporting by dpa, Pajhwok, and RFE/RL's Tajik, Uzbek and Kyrgyz services

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