Afghanistan Landslide Claims 25 Lives Amid Harsh Weather Conditions

Nuristan Province – February 19, 2024

Afghanistan Landslide Claims 25 Lives Amid Harsh Weather

A landslide triggered by heavy rain and snow has struck the village of Nakre in the Tatin Valley of Nuristan Province, eastern Afghanistan. At least 25 people have lost their lives, with eight others injured and an unknown number still trapped beneath debris. The landslide, exacerbated by ongoing snowfall, destroyed around 20 homes, hindering rescue efforts.

Rescue teams face formidable challenges as adverse weather conditions, including clouds and rain, prevent helicopter landings in Nuristan. Additionally, a major road into the province is blocked by snow, further complicating the rescue operation. The region, accustomed to harsh winters, has experienced a delayed onset of snowfall this year, contributing to the severity of the incident.

Nuristan province, situated at the southern end of the Hindu Kush mountain range, grapples with the aftermath of the disaster, highlighting Afghanistan’s vulnerability to natural calamities. The country, already one of the world’s poorest and marked by decades of war, faces compounded challenges exacerbated by climate change. The tragedy underscores the urgent need for assistance, particularly in the wake of reduced humanitarian aid since the Taliban’s return to power in 2021.

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