Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Avalanche Buries Afghan Village

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Avalanche Buries Afghan Village

Article excerpt

It took a full day for news of an enormous avalanche in the snowbound reaches of Badakhshan Province, in the shadow of the Hindu Kush mountains, to reach Faizabad, the provincial capital.

Rather than a respite after Afghanistan's frigid winter, the start of the spring thaw in the first days of March has brought deadly avalanches and insurgent attacks.

It took a full day for news of a huge avalanche in the snowbound reaches of Badakhshan Province, in the shadow of the Hindu Kush mountains, to reach Faizabad, the provincial capital. The avalanche swept through the village Sherin Nazim on Monday, burying most of the houses in snow. Reports reaching Faizabad from people in the area of the village say that at least 37 people have been found dead so far, out of about 200 in the village.

As of Tuesday evening, rescue teams dispatched by the government and the Afghan Red Crescent had not yet reached the village, which is cut off from Faizabad for six months of the year. Heavy snow and strong winds in the mountains slowed their progress and posed a continuing risk, said Abdul Marouf, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Badakhshan.

"Hundreds of families in neighboring villages are also under the threat of avalanches," he said.

The governor, Shah Waliullah Adeb, tried to reach the village himself, "but he got caught by an avalanche and has been rescued by A.N.A. helicopters," said Mr. Marouf, referring to the Afghan National Army.

The closest hospital to the village is across the border in Tajikistan; injured survivors were being taken there, Mr. Marouf said. There is no road to the village. People in the region generally travel on foot or horseback using rough paths and tracks, and even in good weather the journey to Faizabad can take 10 to 12 days.

Meanwhile, in eastern Afghanistan, bombs went off in Khost and in Jalalabad, the most important city in the region, and several attacks and firefights were reported in Kunar Province, where Taliban fighters tried to storm the jail in Asadabad. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.