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1/12/2008

Dozens killed, missing in Afghan snow storms

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An Afghan clearing the snow in Kabul. At least 43 people have been killed in a remote western Afghanistan village after days of heavy snowfalls across the country. (AFP/Massoud Hossaini)

HERAT, Afghanistan (AFP) - At least 43 people have been killed in a remote western Afghanistan village after days of heavy snowfalls across the country, authorities said.

"I can confirm that 43 people have been killed in Ghoryan alone," Agha Mohammad Sidiqi, the head of the government's emergency response committee, told AFP, referring to a district in western Herat province.

The deaths brought to more than 70 the number of people killed by the freezing weather in several western provinces over the past week. Thousands of head of livestock have also died.

Constant snowfalls, the heaviest in years, have blocked roads linking major cities to isolated villages, Sidiqi said.

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