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800 Die in Afghan Winter
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12 Feb 08 - All that can be seen from the air is a vast and mountainous blanket of snow, where tens of thousands of animals have perished after the worst winter in living memory.

Officially 800 people have died, but many more will no doubt have frozen to death when the snow fell heavier and the temperatures dropped lower than anybody expected.

The extreme temperatures and heavy snow struck parts of the country that are not usually hit.

Central and western Afghanistan are very remote and mountainous. Many roads are still blocked and it could be some time before the true extent of the crisis is uncovered.

"We don't have the transport to get to them, or the machinery to clear the roads," Dr Adrak adds, appealing for the international community inside and outside Afghanistan to help.

Text Link
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7241824.stm

Video Link
http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7240000/newsid_7241500/7241534.stm?bw=bb&mp=wm &asb=1&news=1&bbcws=1#
Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for these links

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