Afghanistan: Cold Wave - Jan 2023

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Afghanistan is going through an extreme cold snap. For the last two weeks, many provinces in Afghanistan have been witnessing exceptionally cold weather, with the central region of Ghor recording the lowest reading of -33°C. The very cold weather is expected to continue during the coming days. According to the de-facto-government, at least 70 people died because of the cold weather. More than 70,000 cattle are reported to have perished in the provinces of Baghlan, Sar-e-Pul, Faryab, Takhar, Kandahar, Nimroz and Badghis. It is reported that at least 140 people were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning in Herat province, using gas as their only option for heating. (ECHO, 20 Jan 2023)

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