50 Dead And 145 Missing in Avalanche in Afghanistan

About 50 people were killed and 145 others “are believed to have killed” in an avalanche in northeastern Afghanistan this year, which saw exceptionally cold winter, as the United Nations announced on Saturday .

“This tragedy is probably the first in a long close . Heavy snowfall will not lead to avalanches , but there were alot of floods during the weeks in many parts of the country, and they may cause this . ” Michael Keating , the Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations , Said .

Valley’s meltdown snow, which occurred on Sunday after two days of heavy snow to bury a small town in the province of Badakhshan mountain inhabited by 199 people , according to the Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator of Afghanistan .

The provincial government spokesman earlier announced 56 people went missing in the town itself in the avalanche , which he said occurred on Monday and not Sunday , pointing out that the rescue teams were still searching for survivors .

2012 winter was the coldest winter experienced by Afghans since at least 15 years .

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