Afghanistan avalanches kill at least 165 – Scores still feared buried

Rescuers continue digging through snow to reach hundreds of people still trapped in their vehicles.

Government officials say at least 165 bodies have been recovered from Salang Pass north of Kabul.

Although some 2,500 people have been rescued so far, scores more are feared buried following several days of heavy snow.

“There are many other cars swept away,” said Gen Mohammad Rajab, head of the Kabul-Salang highway. “The death toll may rise as we dig out dozens of other frozen bodies.”

Reporters said they could see a number of vehicles, including passenger buses, that had been swept deep into a gorge at the side of the road.

Meanwhile, at least 17 Indian soldiers were killed on Monday when an avalanche hit a military training camp in Kashmir, the army said.

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