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Afghan avalanche death toll rises to 167

By Fred Pleitgen, CNN
Afghan National Army soldiers search for bodies in the snow Wednesday after avalanches struck in Parwan province.
Afghan National Army soldiers search for bodies in the snow Wednesday after avalanches struck in Parwan province.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Death toll from series of avalanches in northern Afghanistan rises to 167
  • Two hundred injured in the avalanches in the Salang Pass Monday
  • Pass connects Kabul to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif
RELATED TOPICS
  • Afghanistan
  • Kabul

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The death toll from a series of avalanches that struck a mountain pass in northern Afghanistan has risen to 167, with hundreds more wounded, authorities said Thursday.

The avalanches, which hit the Salang Pass on Monday, injured 200, said Abdul Basir Salangi, governor of Parwan province.

At least 2,100 people have been rescued, Salangi said.

Authorities have reached all the vehicles buried under the snow, and the tunnel is back to normal, he said.

The pass connects the capital, Kabul, to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

 
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