Monday, April 02, 2007

It's Raining, It's Snowing?

Floods, Avalanche Kill 51 in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan - Flooding and an avalanche have killed at least 51 people and destroyed hundreds of homes over the last 10 days, following warm weather and heavy spring rains across much of Afghanistan , officials said Sunday.
In total, 31 people have died in the province from the avalanche and flooding over the last 10 days, provincial Gov. Sultan Ali Uruzgani said late Sunday.
About 300 people are shoveling snow to clear a road between Daykundi and neighboring Bamiyan province that was buried under 115 feet of snow after the avalanche, he said.
Floodwaters killed eight people in Parwan, north of Kabul, where officials are using old tanks — the debris from decades of war — to shore up the banks of the swollen Parwan river, said provincial Gov. Abdul Jaber Taqwa.
In western Herat, seven people were killed, including two children, said Noor Khan Nekzad, spokesperson for the provincial police chief.
Afghanistan has endured about a decade of drought, and residents say this year‘s spring rains are heavier than they‘ve seen in years.

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