Avalanche Kills 12 People in East Afghanistan

An avalanche in Afghanistan’s northeast mountain has killed at least 12 people, a provincial Taliban official said on Monday, who also confirmed injuries of another nine people in the disaster.

Head of Kunar province’s information and culture department, Najibullh Haneef said that the avalanche occurred on Sunday night in a remote mountainous area near the Pakistan border.

Haneef added that they have received a report that one person is still missing, but said a rescue team had been sent to the remote area early Monday to find him.

Haneef furthered that the nearby villagers rushed to help their fellow Afghans soon after the avalanche occurred.

Sunday’s calamity comes after 11 Afghans lost their lives, while 23 more received injuries last week due to heavy snow triggering avalanches and floods across Afghanistan.

The casualties were reported in Kabul, Helmand, Nimroz, Farah, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Jawzjan, and Takhar provinces.

Taliban officials at the Ministry of Disaster Management have recently said they have rescued several people who were stranded due to the floods across the country.

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