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Salang highway cleared of snow, reopened for traffic

Salang highway cleared of snow, reopened for traffic

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:55

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Salang highway, connecting the capital Kabul with northern provinces, was cleared of snow and reopened for traffic, an official said on Saturday.

The highway, snaking through the tall mountains of northern Baghlan province, was blocked as result of heavy snowfall on Thursday night.

Gen. Mohammad Rajab, responsible for the maintenance of the Salang Pass, told Pajhwok Afghan News the road was reopened for traffic around 5am.

He explained snow in some parts of the highway was still creating problem for traffic. Rajab urged drivers and passengers to prioritise their safety while traveling the highway.

He also recommended warm clothes for the passengers travelling the Salang highway. Travelling the highway in the winter is dangerous due to frosty and stormy weather.

In 2009, 170 people were killed and 125 others injured as result of snowstorms in the southern Salang region.

The storms have also closed the Daikundi-Bamyan highway and roads in a number of districts of Bamyan, Ghor, Maidan Wardak and Samangan provinces.