Avalanches kill 21 people breaking news

A series of avalanches struck a central province in Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 21 people, authorities said on Friday, SIA reports.

According to Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman of the ministry for disaster management, seven people remain missing following the avalanches, while 10 were injured. The 21 killed were all from two families in the area, Azimi said. At least 50 houses were destroyed.

Most highways have been closed for weeks, due to heavy snowfall and fears of avalanches.This winter in Afghanistan has been harsh, with heavy snowfall, avalanches and flash flooding. Thursday's deaths bring the death toll from avalanches and flash floods in the country in the past two months to 72.

Scores have also been injured and 2,400 houses have been swept away in flash floods since the start of winter.

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