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Wild storm paralyses life in Balkh, Samangan

Wild storm paralyses life in Balkh, Samangan

Nov 03, 2016 - 16:50

AIBAK (Pajhwok): All activities have been halted and power supply cut off after strong windstorms hit northern Balkh and Samangan provinces, officials said on Thursday.

The wild storm began in Balkh around 10am today and reached neighboring Samangan within few hours.

The windstorm is currently underway in Samangan and people could not see each other even within a few meters while sunshades of some shops were flown away.

Samangan traffic department director, Col. Abdul Aziz Panjsheri, told Pajhwok Afghan News the storm hit Aibak city, the provincial capital, around 1pm today.

He said he had no information about the damage caused by the storm in the province.

Mohammad Azim Karimi, a resident of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh, said a strong windstorm appeared in western part of the provincial capital around 10am and flown towards Samangan.

He said people could not see each other within three meters of distance due to the strength of the storm.

All activities and traffic movements were brought to a standstill in the first hours, but now the situation was a little better and people could move in the city, he said.

Karimi was unaware about damages from the storm.