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Avalanche kills more than 24

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP):

A series of avalanches engulfed a mountain pass in Afghanistan, trapping hundreds of people in their buried cars and killing as many as 64 people so far, authorities disclosed yesterday.

Rescuers brought in bulldozers, ambulances and helicopters in a massive effort to reach victims stuck in the frigid snow along the 12,700-feet-high (3,800-metre) Salang Pass, which links the Afghan capital Kabul with the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Search-and-rescue teams re-covered the bodies of 24 people, but said they feared 40 others remain trapped and may have also died, Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said at a news conference in Kabul.

About 2,500 people were rescued from their snowbound vehicles, including more than 400 injured.