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Stranded 224 passengers rescued from snow

Stranded 224 passengers rescued from snow

Feb 06, 2013 - 16:52

CHARIKARinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of people trapped in heavy snow on a pass were rescued in central Parwan province, an official said on Wednesday.

Up to 224 people in 110 vehicles had been stuck on the Sherbar Pass that links Parwan with neighbouring Bamyan due to snow avalanches since Tuesday afternoon in the Sheikh Ali district, the tow's administrative head, Noor Agha Sami, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Most of those stranded including womeninfo-icon and children were transported out until late in the evening by security forces in cooperation with area residents, he said.

They were shifted to hotels and homes in the town as efforts continued to clear the pass of snow as of Wednesday morning, he said.

The governor’s spokeswoman, Roshna Khalid, said the passengers got trapped after they chose to travel through the Sheber Pass since the Salang Passinfo-icon was closed by heavy snowing.

He said the pass was reopened for traffic as a result of hectic efforts by officials of the public works department. "Otherwise we may have been talking about fatalities," he said.

The road through Ghorband valley and Sheber Pass leads to Dushi district in northern Baghlan province.



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