2017 Afghanistan avalanches

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2017 Afghanistan avalanche
Nuristan in Afghanistan.svg
Nuristan in Afghanistan
Date 4 February 2017
Location Pakistan, Afghanistan
Type Snowstorm, avalanches
Deaths 100+[1]
Non-fatal injuries 60+

The 2017 Afghanistan avalanches were a series of avalanches that struck villages on the AfghanistanPakistan border between February 4 and 6, 2017. More than 100 people reportedly died in the disaster,[2] including more than 50 people in Nuristan Province and at least 19 people in the neighbouring Badakhshan area of Pakistan's Chitral region. Dozens of homes and fhams were destroyed, and hundreds of animals died due to the avalanches.[3] In Pakistan, the affected areas included regions of Balochistan, Mastung, Kalat and Kharan.[citation needed]

Heavy snowfalls also led to blockage of roadways in the mountainous regions. On February 5, 2017, a public holiday was declared by the Afghanistan government, due to the heavy snowfall across the country. Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, expressed his condolences[4] to the families that had lost members during the avalanches. Subsequent operations by the Afghan National Army provided emergency aid to the people of the Barg-e-Matal District in Nuristan.[5]


Extreme winter weather containing heavy snowfall in the region resulted in avalanches.[6] A team of rescue operators was brought in by Afghanistan officials to help the victims. The United Nations humanitarian coordinator pledged to support the rescue operations, along with the Afghanistan government.


A report on the Nuristan avalanche was released by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), providing details on the avalanches and the loss of life in the incident.[citation needed] As reported by the Red Crescent, most of the houses that collapsed were poorly constructed from clay and mud bricks.[citation needed] Red Crescent volunteers distributed sleeping bags, blankets, tents and tarps to help the victims of the avalanches. Reportedly, the Afghan Red Crescent Society said that around 2,617 families (15,702 individuals) had been affected by the avalanches.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Severe avalanches, many dead". CNN. February 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Hundreds of people died in avalanches". BBC NEWS. February 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Afghan avalanches". India Today. 6 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Iran helps victims of Afghanistan avalanches". BBC News. February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ "ANA, delivers aid to people affected in Nuristan". Tolonews. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Snowfall results in avalanches". Voanews. February 6, 2017. 

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