Bitter cold, snowstorms and avalanches have killed at least 654 people in Afghanistan this winter, a government official said.
Weather-related incidents have also left 84 people injured and killed at least 100,000 cattle, said Abdul Matin Edrak, head of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Commission.
Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorest countries and is largely mountainous, with winter temperatures often plunging well below freezing.
Many people in remote villages can only heat their homes by burning wood or animal dung, if they can afford it. (AP)
Afghanistan’s harsh winter has left 654 people dead, government says