Avalanche kills 45 in Afghan province (Lead)

March 12th, 2012 - 3:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, March 12 (IANS) At least 45 people were killed Monday when an avalanche razed 13 houses in eastern Afghan province of Nuristan, an official said.

“The incident happened in Guru and Koshan villages of Madol district in the early hours of Monday and so far 45 people including women and children have been confirmed dead,” deputy to provincial governor Qazi Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi told Xinhua.

He also said that the casualties could go up as rescue operation is going on in the remote area of the province some 180 km east of capital city of Kabul.

More than 50 people had been killed when snow avalanche hit neighbouring Badakhshan province earlier this month, Afghan officials said.

Parts of Afghanistan have received heavy snowfall over the past one month. More than 40 people lost their lives due to heavy snows in the mountainous Badakhshan province last month while dozens of people including children died in Kabul due to freezing weather during the winter.

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