News - Afghanistan
Heavy snowfall has cut road access to more than 10 districts in the northern Badakhshan province, local officials said Tuesday.
The districts include Ashkashim, Sheghnan, Kohistan, Raghistan and Shekay, according to Provincial Spokesman Abdul Maroof Rasikh.
He warned that the food aid sent by the National Disaster Management Authority to these districts before the snowfall is insufficient and called on the government to send more food and supplies to the province.
"If the roads remain blocked the same as last year, the residents of these 10 districts will face major issues," Rasikh warned.
Dozens were killed and several others went missing in avalanches last year.
Shekay District, which borders Tajikistan, was completely swept away.
Badakhshan is one of the country's poorest and most remote regions. Parts of it are shut off by heavy snow for at least six months of the year.