On 25 January, heavy snowfall and freezing weather has killed 27 children in a remote district of northern Afghanistan. (RFE, 26 Jan 2017)
An avalanche on 05 February 2017 at 0100 hours claimed at least 57 lives in Afsay Village, Barg-e-Matal District (Nuristan Province), with at least 33 injured. Search and rescue teams are on-site and the death toll may rise. - At least 87 houses were also reported as destroyed. - The area impacted by the avalanche is remote and due to heavy snowfall is hard to access, with snow depth currently at 2.5 metres. Much of the province is affected by the snowfall. - Another avalanche also hit a market at Madina in Parun, Nuristan. Initial information is that one person was killed and three injured. In addition, 13 houses and 15 shops were destroyed, in addition to livestock and vehicles.
A large number of avalanche, snowfall and rain-related disasters were reported around Afghanistan between 4-7 February, with 22 out of 34 provinces reported to have been affected. Provinces with casualties and significant damage to homes and livelihoods included Badakhshan (several districts), Balkh (Chimtal), Faryab (Pashtun Kot, Kohistanat), Samangan (Darisuf Bala), Sar-i-Pul (Sozmaqala, Sayad and Balkhab), Hirat (Adraksan), Badghis (Nahya Four and Ab Kamari), Nangarhar (several districts), Paktia (several districts), Khost (several districts), Helmand (Lashkar Gah), Kandahar (Kandahar City), Bamiyan, Daykundi, Parwan and Kapisa (all several districts). (OCHA, 8 Feb 2017)
Many areas of the country are still inaccessible due to heavy snowfall, making it difficult to obtain a full picture of the impact of the disasters and the total number of affected families. However, an initial report by the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) estimated around 2,617 families (15,702 individuals) have been affected. (IFRC, 13 Feb 2017)