Heavy snow and avalanches blanketed parts of Afghanistan over the weekend (4-5 February).

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An Internally displaced Afghan boy looks on as he stands outside his shelter during a snowfall in KabulMohammad Ismail/Reuters

In Kabul, the Afghan government closed its offices on Sunday (5 February), as the heavy snow wreaked havoc on major roads across the country, including the Kabul-Kandahar Highway and the Salang Pass north of Kabul. The Salang Pass was closed under as much as two and a half meters of snow, according to police general Rajab Salangi, who oversees the area.

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A woman clad in burqa begs in a snow-covered street on the outskirts of KabulMohammad Ismail/Reuters
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Internally displaced Afghan girls warm themselve inside their shelter during a snowfall in KabulMohammad Ismail/Reuters
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An internally displaced Afghan girl stands at the door of her shelter during a snowfall in KabulMohammad Ismail/Reuters
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Internally displaced Afghan children stand outside their shelter during a snowfall in KabulMohammad Ismail/Reuters
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Men walk in a snow-covered street on the outskirts of KabulMohammad Ismail/Reuters
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A man makes his way down a snow covered street in KabulShah Marai/AFP
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A woman walks on a snowy day in KabulOmar Sobhani/Reuters

In eastern Afghanistan, at least 50 people died and dozens more were missing on Sunday (5 February) after an avalanche buried a village in Nuristan. According to provincial governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum, the number of deaths may increase. At least five other deaths from collapsed roofs were reported elsewhere in the province.

Over the past two days as many as 19 people were killed and 17 injured by avalanches, collapsed roofs and road accidents in the northern province of Badakhshan, Naweed Frotan, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Reuters.

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A man removes snow from his shop on the outskirts of KabulOmar Sobhani/Reuters
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Men push a car which was stuck in the snow on the outskirts of KabulOmar Sobhani/Reuters
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Men and woman buy plastic shovels after snowfall in KabulWakil Kohsar/AFP
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Men shovel snow from the roof of houses in KabulOmar Sobhani/Reuters

In neighbouring Pakistan, at least nine people, including children, were killed by an avalanche in the northern Chitral district, with as many as 14 residents believed to still be trapped in collapsed houses, district official Syed Maghferat Shah said.

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A tea vendor named Imran, 15, prepares tea for customers on a hillside during snowfall near Qargha Lake on the outskirts of KabulWakil Kohsar/AFP
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A man fills a container from rainwater during the snowfall on the outskirts of Mazar-i- SharifFarshad Usyan/AFP
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Men play with snowballs in KabulShah Marai/AFP
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A man removes snow from his shop during a snowfall in KabulMohammad Ismail/Reuters
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A man sells vegetables as he waits for customers on a snowy day in KabulOmar Sobhani/Reuters