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    Snow blocks Ghor roads

    CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): Heavy snowfall has blocked roads connecting eight districts with Chaghcharan, the capital of western Ghor province, an official said on Monday.

    The snowfall that began three days ago was recorded at 100 centimeters in some locations, the natural disaster management director said.

    Hamidullah Dadfar told Pajhwok Afghan News that Tiara, Shahrak, Lal Sar Jangal, Saghar, Charsadda, Tolak, Dolina and Pasawand districts remained cut off from the city.

    He added the snow had also resulted in closing highways linking Ghor with neighbouring Herat province and Kabul. Dadfar admitted his department had been unable to assist the vulnerable people.

    On Sunday, one policeman was killed and another injured due to a snow avalanche in Charsadda district, he said.

    Resident Mohammad confirmed all roads leading to the provincial capital had been blocked. He complained the three-day blockade had sent wood prices soaring.

    The rate of per seven kilograms of oak had jumped to 140 afghanis ($2.83458) from 100 afghanis, the resident said.

    Public works official Mohammad Iqbal said contracts had been reached with private firms to start now-clearing operations. The firms will initiate work once the weather returned to normal.

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