Afghanistan – Snow Avalanche (UN OCHA, Meteocentre, ECMWF, WMO, Local Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 7 February 2017)

  • Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central and northeastern provinces of the country over the past few days, causing snow avalanches.

  • National authorities reported, as of 7 February 7.00 UTC, that the death toll following the snow avalanches on 5-6 February has reached at least 100 people. In addition, 27 people were injured and over 240 houses were damaged in the provinces of Badakhshan, Nuristan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktya, Parwan, Bamyan and Dykundi. Search and rescue operations are still ongoing.

  • Over the next 24 hours, light to locally medium intensity precipitation phenomena (mainly snowfalls) and low temperatures are forecast to affect the already affected areas.