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Salang highway closed for heavy traffic after snowfall

Salang highway closed for heavy traffic after snowfall

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Jan 12, 2019 - 11:10

CHARIKARinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The strategic Salang passinfo-icon north of Kabulinfo-icon has been closed for heavy traffic as a result of continued snowing, an official said on Saturday.

Abdul Basir Habibi, the highway maintenance commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News the road had to be closed due to incessant snowfall over the last two days.

The snowfall had been recorded at 60 centimeters in the northern part of the tunnel, he said, adding efforts were underway to reopen the highway at the earliest possible.

Sabir Ahmad, Salang district’s administrative chief, said dozens of avalanches had struck the area but caused no casualties.

In the winter, traveling the highway is dangerous for passengers due to heavy snow and cold weather.

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