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VAN, TURKEY - JANUARY 20: A view of the snow covered church in Akdamar Island near Lake Van after heavy snowfall during winter season in Gevas district of Van, Turkey on January 20, 2021. (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

            Kabul, January 6 the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has declared a state of emergency due to severe snow and rain hitting the bulk of the nation, and provincial authorities have been told to prepare for the bad weather.

An official from the Ministry of Disaster Management told Radio Free of Afghanistan (REF/RL) on Wednesday that they had dispatched goods to provinces and that distribution was still ongoing, according to Khaama Press.

The official went on to say that they were in communication with the Ministry of Public Works and private companies about launching an immediate operation to remove roads that had been blocked owing to severe snowfall.

Due to severe snowfall, the Salang Highway, which connects the Afghan capital with the northern regions, has been blocked off.

Snow and rain have pummelling 32 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, clogging roads and causing floods.

Officials revealed earlier this week that seven people were killed and 26 others were injured in several road incidents caused by the heavy snow.

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