Severe Cold, Snow Kills Scores in
Planetark.org, Jan. 17, 2008
Several major roads have also been blocked by avalanches and hundreds of people have been affected by bad weather, they said.
"Our latest estimates show that 101 people have been killed so far," Ghulam Mohammad Mujahid, an official at the Afghan Red Crescent Society, told Reuters.
The government and foreign aid groups have been holding meetings to find ways to send food and other supplies to those affected by severe cold and snow and for better coordination of aid delivery, aid workers said.
The umbrella body for foreign and local aid groups, ACBAR, said 24 of the 34 provinces have been affected and at least three of them, in the central region, were totally inaccessible on Wednesday.
"We have report of 118 deaths and destruction of some houses (in the past week). It is snowing and we are concerned about more deaths," Saleem Bahramand an official at ACBAR told Reuters.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has sent food supplies for 106 families in the western
More snow is forecast in several parts of the mountainous country, Afghan officials said.
Meanwhile, the Afghan government has voiced concern over the expulsion of Afghan refugees living in