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Snowfall forces Salang Pass closure

Snowfall forces Salang Pass closure

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Feb 02, 2014 - 12:03

CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): The Salang route, linking Afghanistan’s south with the north, has been closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall, an official said on Sunday.

Highway maintenance head, Gen. Abdul Rajab, said 24 snow avalanches hit the southern part of the key pass on Saturday night, prompting the closure. 

He told Pajhwok Afghan News snow-clearing operations were ongoing to reopen the link. About 160 centimetres of snow has fallen in southern Salang and 120 centimetres in northern.

Jabalus Saraj traffic police chief, Naeemullah, said dozens of vehicles were stranded in Tajikan and Malkhan areas.

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