Bitter cold weather and heavy snow left 37 people dead in central Afghanistan, a provincial governor said Tuesday.
The victims, including 20 children, died in remote areas of Ghazni province in the last 24 hours, said Gov. Faizullah Faizan.
Faizan said air drops of food and other supplies were needed in the areas affected by snow and freezing weather, after roads were blocked off and people were unable to reach health centers and food distribution points.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. Afghans in remote villages are typically able to heat their mud-brick homes only by burning animal dung or wood, if the family can afford it. (AP)
Cold weather kills 37 people in Afghanistan