Afghan winter toll tops 900

Officials say it is the coldest winter in the country's living memory.

    More than 90 people have had their fingers or toes amputated because of frostbite [EPA]

    A special hospital is dealing with frostbite victims in the western city of Herat.
     
    Apart from human losses, the deaths of cattle are regarded as a huge loss for Afghanistan, an agricultural country that largely relies on foreign aid.

    The United Nations World Food Programme last month appealed for extra food assistance for 2.55 million Afghans until the next harvest in June.

    More snow is expected in coming days in several parts of the mountainous Central Asian country which may trigger floods and avalanches.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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