Salang pass closed to traffic due to heavy snowfall

Salang pass which connects north provinces of Afghanistan to the capital Kabul has been closed to the traffic due to heavy snowfall and storms, an official said Thursday.
Samiullah Walizada, the Operative Director of Salang Pass Safety and Protection Unit told Ariana News that the pass was closed after incessant snowfall and storms Wednesday night.
He added that action is taken to prevent casualties and financial loss of people traveling through the pass.
Meanwhile, the Safety and Protection Unit of Salang said in a statement that the snowfall has reached more than 70 centimeters in the southern parts of the pass and it was hit by least three avalanches since last night.
The statement added that the pass will remain closed and urged the citizens to prevent traveling via the highway until further notice. The tunnel is located between Parwan and Baghlan provinces and usually gets blocked due to heavy snowfalls and avalanches during the winter season.

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