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Snow blocks roads in 5 provinces, including Salang Pass

Snow blocks roads in 5 provinces, including Salang Pass

Jan 29, 2016 - 15:34

BAMYAN/AIBAK (Pajhwok): Heavy snowfall has blocked roads in five provinces in cold areas, including the strategic Salang Passinfo-icon that connects central capital Kabulinfo-icon with northern Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The busy Salang Pass was closed for traffic on Thursday night following heavy snowfall. The roads have been closed in central Dikundi and Bamyan provinces and some districts of Bamyan, Ghorinfo-icon, Maidan Wardak and Samangan provinces

In Bamyan, 60 centimeters deep snow has been recorded lashing valleys and the snowfall is continuing, according to Mohammad Reza Rafat, the natural disaster management authority head in the provimce.

Roads between Bamyan and Dikundi provinces have been cut off in Qunaq valley and the road from Bamyan City to Sighan district clogged in Aaq Robat valley, he said, adding that the road between Yakawland and Panjab districts was blocked in Shatu valley due to snowing.

The road connecting Bamyan City with Yakawlang district has been blocked by snow in Daga area and the Panjab district road to second part of Behsud district of Maidan Wardak province has been blocked in Pul Band Shawi area, he said.

Snow clearing contractors have been trying to reopen the roads, but snowstorms are hindering their job, the Bamyan governor’s spokesman, Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, said.

Likewise, snowfall has disconnected Dara-i-Sauf Bala and Dara-i-Sauf Pain districts from the provincial capital of Samangan province.

Over 30cm thick snow has fallen in Dara-i-Sauf Bala district, closing the road leading to the provincial capital, Aibak, the district chief, Ahamd Ali Hasani, said.

The snowfall also blocked the road to coalmines in Shabashak area of the district, he said, adding that they had launched removing snow from all roads.

Meanwhile, Fakhrudding Mubariz, the Dara-i-Sauf Pain district chief, said roads leading to 40 villages had been blocked since last night in Zerki, Maqsud and Folad areas of the district.



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