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10 dead, 300 residences destroyed in snow-triggered landslide in Afghanistan

An overflowing lake sent water and mud cascading over Peshghor village

Kabul: At least 10 people were killed, 10 missing, and hundreds of homes destroyed in northeastern Afghanistan after melting snow triggered a landslide, officials said on Thursday.

A mountain lake in Panjshir overflowed and sent water and mud cascading over Peshghor village, Omar Mohammadi, spokesman for the disaster management ministry, said.

Disasters such as avalanches and flash floods often hit in mountainous areas of Afghanistan as snow melts in the spring and summer. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he was “deeply saddened” by the latest natural disaster. He ordered “relevant authorities to provide urgent assistance to the affected people”.

The landslide comes as the country is in the grip of a nearly 17-year war between Afghan security forces and the Taliban.

Taliban kill 15 troops and 4 police

  • The Taliban struck in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz on Thursday, leaving 15 soldiers dead, and in western Farah province, where they killed four policemen, officials said.
  • In Kunduz, Taliban fighters tried to overrun a military security post in Dasht-e-Arch, using artillery shells, army spokesman Mohd Rezaie said.
  • At least 13 soldiers were wounded in the four-hour-long gunbattle. However, Mohammad Yosuf Ayubi, the head of the provincial council, said as many as 30 soldiers were killed.
  • In the attack in Farah, the governor’s spokesman Mohammad Naser Mehri said the Taliban targeted a police checkpoint.

Previous attack killed 25

A bomb struck a vehicle in Farah’s Khak-e Safad on Wednesday, killing five civilians, including two women and a child. Two suicide bombers also stormed an education department building in Nangarhar province, killing at least 20 people, on Wednesday.

(With agency inputs)

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