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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow, snow and more snow - in D.C. and in Afghanistan


i'm sitting here looking out the window at the blizzard currently hitting the virginia, maryland and d.c. area, glad i'm inside and warm, and wondering if the airport will re-open tomorrow for my afternoon flight to europe... after having my flight from buenos aires on sunday canceled due to the snow in d.c., i landed here early yesterday morning, luckily as it turned out because the airport had only been re-opened for less than 36 hours from the last storm when it was closed again yesterday shortly after noon...

however, my complaining sounds like a whine when reading a story like this from afghanistan...

At least 150 people have been killed in a series of avalanches that have blocked a mountain pass north of Kabul, Afghan officials say.

Rescuers are trying to reach hundreds more people who are trapped in their vehicles in the Salang Pass.

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

More than two dozen avalanches have hit the pass since Monday, blocking 2.1 miles (3.5km) of road.

Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary told the AP news agency rescuers had recovered 157 bodies from the road, which connects the Afghan capital with the north, over the past two days.

Officials said crews were working to clear the route near the Salang tunnel for ambulances, bulldozers and other road-clearing equipment.

"There are many other cars swept away," Gen Mohammad Rajab, the head of the Kabul-Salang highway, told Reuters news agency.

"The death toll may rise as we dig out dozens of other frozen bodies."

there's just no good news for afghanistan, it seems...

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