2008 Afghanistan blizzard

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The 2008 Afghanistan blizzard was a fierce but not a record-breaking blizzard that struck Afghanistan in February 2008. Temperatures fell to a low of -30 C, with up to 180 centimetres of snow in the more mountainous regions, killing at least 926 people.[1] Aid organizations and foreign troops distributed several tons of clothing, blankets, food and fuel in provinces throughout the country and in remote, mountainous villages. The hospitals performed frostbite amputations on at least 100 people across the country, as many walked barefoot in the freezing cold mud and snow.[2] The weather also claimed more than 100,000 sheep and goats, and nearly 315,000 cattle died. [3]

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  1. ^ "Freezing weather kills over 900 people in Afghanistan". Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Afghan winter turns deadly". Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Bitter winter a killer in Afghanistan". CBC News. 2008-02-10. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-03-14.