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    100 cattle heads frozen to death in Badakhshan

    FAIZABAD (PAN): Nearly a hundred domestic animals were frozen to death as severe cold wave continues to three districts in northern Badakhshan province, an official said on Saturday.

    Up to 100 centimetres of snowfall had been recorded in Raghistan, Yawan and Khwahan districts, said Zabihullah Attique, the provincial council chief.

    He told Pajhwok Afghan News the ongoing snowfall and cold weather conditions left 10 cattle heads dead on a daily basis.

    A council member, Mohammad Ismail, said 100 animals had so far been killed in the three districts. Citing a survey, he said most of the cattle heads were frozen to death. Livestock owners are running out of animal feed.

    Agricultural Director Eng. Mohammad Alem Alimi acknowledged the problems facing livestock owners. He said they had provided eligible farmers with some animal feed. However, he added the fodder was inadequate to meet people's demand.

    Abdul Jabbar, who lost 45 sheep, complained of insufficient animal feed, saying he was compelled to feed his animals frozen forage.

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