Avalanches in Afghanistan – level 3

14-02-2017 07:00

Avalanches in the Nuristan Province in Afghanistan have killed at least 119 people, and nearly 200 homes have been destroyed by the heavy snowfall. In the area near the border with Pakistan, two whole villages lie buried in snow.

Rescue teams are now making their way across the treacherous routes, attempting to deliver food supplies through snow-blocked roads. The United Nations offered its help with the efforts as the Afghani government ploughs on with limited resources.

Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan president, said that natural disasters can affect any country, but Afghanistan is affected more because of the limited resources caused by the imposed war. The necessary help can reach affected people but with difficulty.

Difficult words: treacherous (dangerous), attempt (try), plough on (continue doing something even when it is difficult), imposed (forced upon).

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