February 9th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

At least 167 killed in Afghanistan avalanche

UPDATED 2/11/2010: The death toll from a series of avalanches that struck a mountain pass in northern Afghanistan has risen to 167, with hundreds more wounded, authorities said Thursday. At least 2,100 people have been rescued, said Abdul Basir Salangi, governor of Parwan province.

UPDATE: 2/10/2010: Authorities recovered more than 150 bodies Wednesday from a mountain pass in northern Afghanistan that was struck by a series of avalanches.  More than 100 others were wounded and 13 vehicles remained buried under snow three days after the avalanches hit the Salang Pass on Monday, the country's disaster management agency said.

KABUL, Afghanistan – At least 60 people were killed and 60 others injured in an avalanche in a key tunnel in the Hindu Kush mountains connecting northern and southern Afghanistan, an Afghani official said.

More than 40 vehicles have been buried since the avalanche happened Monday morning in the southern part of the Salang Tunnel, said Abdul Matin Adrak, Afghanistan's director of disaster management.

The International Security Assistance Force was attempting to fly victims out in helicopters to hospitals and other safe places, Adrak said. The Afghan National Army, police, Ministry of Health and disaster department staffs are
all working to clear roads and rescue victims still buried, he said.

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