Afghan Avalanches Kill 28, Strand 1,500

Heavy snow complicates rescue effort north of Kabul
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 9, 2010 5:22 AM CST
Afghan Avalanches Kill 28, Strand 1,500
An Afghan boy removes snow from the front portion of his house on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Avalanches on a mountain pass north of Kabul killed at least 28 people yesterday, with another 1,500 stranded in their vehicles on snow-blocked roads. Some 70 people have been injured and transported to hospitals. Rescuers worked through the night to save more than 200 people, but heavy snow and the risk of another avalanche are complicating efforts. Military helicopters have dropped food packages to people in some 300 cars and buses stuck on snow-blocked roads. (More Afghanistan stories.)

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