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Afghanistan: Dozens Die in Village Avalanche

07 Mar 2012

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SKY NEWS

At least 47 people have been killed in an avalanche that flattened a village of 200 people in northeast Afghanistan.

"We hope that some people were inside their homes and are still alive," said Shams Ul Rahman, the deputy governor of Badakhshan province, where the avalanche happened on Sunday night in the village of Dasty, reports Sky News.

"But if the snow was too heavy, they may all be dead," he added.

Locals from a nearby village were the first to reach the site, with rescue workers having to walk for two days to get there.

Helicopters have now been sent to the area to help the locals who have only shovels to dig out those trapped.

Supplies such as tents and plastic sheeting are being sent to help the villagers.

Initial reports are that only three women and a child who were not in the village at the time survived the avalanche.

Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan's mountainous north in winter.

An avalanche in February 2010 killed more than 170 people at the 12,700ft- (3,800m) high Salang Pass, which is the major route through the Hindu Kush mountains connecting the capital to the north.

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