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On February 24–28, 2015, a total of 40 avalanches in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan killed at least 310 people, and another 129 were wounded.[1] 1,000 Afghani troops were deployed to Panjshir Province to assist rescue efforts.[2] According to the acting governor of Panjshir, Abdul Rahman Kabiri, these avalanches were the worst Afghanistan had seen in three decades.[3]

2015 Afghanistan avalanche
Panjshir in Afghanistan.svg
Location of Panjshir Province in Afghanistan
Date24–28 February 2015
LocationPanjshir Province, Afghanistan
Deaths310+
Non-fatal injuries129+

CauseEdit

The avalanches were caused by heavy snowstorms in the area.[4] Heavy snowfall is a common cause of avalanches.[5] Snow builds up as snowfall continues and it eventually reaches a point at which the weight of the snowfall overcomes the cohesion of the snow, resulting in an avalanche.[5] Rising temperatures may have also had an effect, due to the fact that temperature rise can affect the cohesion of snow.[5] These snowstorms have also hampered rescue efforts, with some areas receiving nearly a meter of snow.[6]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Avalanches kill more than 300 in Afghanistan". The Telegraph.
  2. ^ AP (26 February 2015). "Afghanistan avalanche toll rises to 162". USA Today. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Afghanistan's Panjshir hit by deadly avalanches". BBC. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  4. ^ Popalzai, Masoud (26 February 2015). "Death toll at 168 from Afghanistan avalanches". CNN. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Natural Hazards - Avalanches". www.n-d-a.org. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  6. ^ Associated Press (25 February 2015). "Avalanches caused by heavy snow kill at least 124 people in Afghanistan". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 February 2015.