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Death toll in Afghanistan avalanches reaches 285
Death toll in Afghanistan avalanches reaches 285

The death toll from a series of avalanches and flash floods across northern Afghanistan has reached 285, officials said Monday. Most of the fatalities were centered in the northeastern province of Panjshir, where at least 196 people have been killed after a week of heavy snow and avalanches across much of the region. With the hardest-hit district, Paryan, still unreachable, officials said the casualty count was expected to climb as rescue workers struggle to reach remote villages. Paryan residents interviewed last week said that at least 87 people were trapped in the snow. Fresh avalanches on Saturday dumped about 130 feet of snow on the mountainous area, likely cutting it off for at...

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