28 Feb '12, 4am

Severe cold weather killed 35 children in the past two days in north-eastern Afghanistan

Severe cold weather killed 35 children in the past two days in north-eastern Afghanistan

Afghan villagers search for avalanche victims in Raghistan, Badakhshan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. -- PHOTO: AP KABUL (AFP) - Severe cold weather has killed 35 children in the past two days in north-eastern Afghanistan, an official said on Monday. The children died in four remote districts of Badakhshan province after the roads to districts were closed by heavy snow. 'Thirty five children died as a result of pneumonia caused by severe weather in Badakhshan in the past two days,' Dr Noor Khawrin a provincial public health official told AFP. 'We have only been able to set up some emergency mobile clinics recently to help the kids there.' Afghanistan, a landlocked and mountainous country, has suffered its coldest winter in 15 years. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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