Snow blocks roads to 14 Badakhshan districts

Written by The Frontier Post

Monitoring Desk

FAIZABAD: Local officials said two days of snowing has blocked roads leading to 14 districts from northeastern Badakhshan province’s capital.

Sayed Abdullah Hamayon Dehqan, provincial natural disasters management authority head, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the disconnected districts included Yawan, Kohistan, Raghistan, Khwahan, Nasi, Kufab, Shaki Maimi, Shahr-i-Buzurg and Arghanj Khwah.

He said roads of Zibak, Ishkashim, Wakhan and Sheghnan districts had also been blocked with the provincial capital.

One person was killed, four injured and as many missing in snow avalanche incidents in Raghistan district and in Pas Pul area of Kohistan district on Monday, Dehqan said.

Eng. Abdur Raouf Sayedi, provincial public works director, said the Faizabad-Takhar highway was temporarily closed due to heavy snowfall.

“Our clearing team is dispatched to the area to spray salt on the iced part of the road and this highway will be reopened until 2pm Wednesday,” he said.

He said Agharda Pass to border districts had also been buried under around three to four meters of thick snow but efforts were underway to reopen the pass.

Snow clearing process is currently underway on Fiazabad-Baharak road and the Shahr-i-Buzurg road, he concluded.

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