KABUL: At least 21 people have died in avalanches that struck the Daykundi province in Afghanistan on February 13, according to Afghanistan’s disaster management authority.
Seven people are reportedly missing, while 10 people are injured. About 50 houses have been destroyed by the avalanches.
Ahmed Tameem Azimi, a spokesman of the state ministry for disaster management, said that the 21 people who died were from two families. He also said that the death toll could rise owing to difficult weather conditions.
The Afghanistan Meteorological Department had warned of rainfall, heavy snow and flash flooding for several provinces, including Daykundi, till February 13.
Several main highways and roads have reportedly been closed down in Afghanistan owing to anticipation of avalanches and heavy snowfall.