Severe Weather in Afghanistan Leaves 18 Dead

Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan, leaving at least 18 people dead.

At least 18 people, including women and children, died due to the severe weather, according to provincial officials.

They said most of the main roads in Afghanistan were closed due to heavy snowfall and fears of avalanches.

Of the Afghan casualties, eight people were killed in southern Kandahar province, said a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Seven people died in western Herat province, including five members of the same family, police said. Three people were killed in southern Helmand province.

Residents of the Afghan capital, Kabul, where temperatures dropped to -15C, abandoned driving and struggled to get to work on snow-covered roads.

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