Updated: February 26, 2015 7:42:25 pm
The death toll from an avalanche in a mountainous valley northeast of the capital Kabul has risen to 162, according to military officials. The avalanche was caused by heavy winter snows.
Gen. Kadam Shah Shahim, commander of the Afghan army’s Kabul Corps, says 1,000 troops had been deployed to Panjshir province, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Kabul, to assist rescue efforts. He says the toll is expected to rise.
Abdul Rahman Kabiri, the acting governor of Panjshir, said many people had been pulled alive from houses buried by the snow.
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Heavy snows this week across four northeastern provinces caused deadly avalanches and flooding. Power to Kabul was cut and the Salang Tunnel connecting the north and south was closed.
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