Avalanche Buries Afghan Village
Up to 200 could be dead in mountains of Dasty
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2012 10:55 AM CST
In this Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 photo, Afghan villagers search for victims of an earlier avalanche in Raghistan, Badakhshan province.   (AP Photo/Sharif Shayeq)

(Newser) – Rescue workers are today plowing through an avalanche of heavy snow that destroyed a tiny Afghanistan village Sunday night, reports the AP. Snow buried Dasty, a 200-strong village in northeastern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province, and 37 casualties have been confirmed thus far—a number that officials expect to rise as rescuers trickle into the remote region. "It is a mountainous area with so much snow," says Badakhshan's deputy governor. "My concern is that many more people were killed."

Initial reports said that only three women and a child, who were not in Dasty at the time, were the sole survivors. The mountainous northeastern region is wracked by avalanches frequently, including one in 2010 that killed 170.

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Mar 6, 2012 1:20 PM CST
This year has been bad over in Europe and Asia with heavier than normal snowfall. It's too bad these dudes didn't have better tools to dig people up. Hopefully when they rebuild the village they'll relocate it at least 1000 feet further into the flatland.
Mar 6, 2012 11:49 AM CST
Good. A few less terrorists to kill. Right Ms. Pentagon?
Mar 6, 2012 11:39 AM CST
I don't know about the rest of you, but if the place I lived kept getting wiped out by avalanches I would move.