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Extreme Weather In Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan Leaves 15 Dead

  • 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.
By RFE/RL
At least 15 people have been killed after heavy snow blanketed parts of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

At least 10 deaths were blamed on the bad weather, including avalanches, over the past several days in Afghanistan.

Officials in the Afghan Department for Natural Disasters told RFE/RL that the severe weather had affected northern provinces bordering Tajikistan, where numerous flights have also been canceled at the international airport in Dushanbe, the capital.

Airports in two major cities in Tajikistan's south, Kulob and Qurghon-Teppa, have been completely shut down.

In some parts of Tajikistan, up to 80 centimeters of snow reportedly fell in just a few hours.

Tajik kindergartens, schools, and universities have been closed until February 10.

In neighboring Kyrgyzstan, meanwhile, avalanches killed five people.

The airport in the southern city of Jalal-Abad has been closed.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan and Tajik and Kyrgyz services

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