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Heavy Snows From The Middle East To Central Asia

Heavy snowfalls over the last few days caused traffic chaos, electricity shortages, and other difficulties in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.

Snow blankets the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.
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Snow blankets the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.

Kandahar, Afghanistan has not seen such heavy snow for 30 years.
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Kandahar, Afghanistan has not seen such heavy snow for 30 years.

A rare sight: snow accumulates on cars in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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A rare sight: snow accumulates on cars in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Snow covers a field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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Snow covers a field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Snow fell across much of Iran, with some of the heaviest in the northern province of Mazandaran.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The slippery conditions made driving difficult in Iran's Mazandaran Province.

Many people got around on foot in Iran's Gilan Province.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pedestrians take to the streets in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Snow coats the sidewalks, roads, and trees in Tajikistan's capital.
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Snow coats the sidewalks, roads, and trees in Tajikistan's capital.

Snowy, icy roads in Dushanbe, Tajikistan made it tough going for motorists.
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Snowy, icy roads in Dushanbe, Tajikistan made it tough going for motorists.

A cleanup crew works to clear the heavy snow in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
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A cleanup crew works to clear the heavy snow in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Snow slows traffic in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
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Snow slows traffic in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

A tanker truck gets stuck in Kulob, Tajikistan.
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A tanker truck gets stuck in Kulob, Tajikistan.

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