Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Avalanches in Afghanistan

Afghanistan had a winter with little snowfall - which is a concern for the farmers that rely on the snow melts of the mountains to feed the streams and rivers that irrigate the crops in spring. However, a lot of snow has recently showed up - causing floods, avalanches, deaths, road blockages, and energy shortages. One geologist, Ikramuddin Bahram, feels that the Afghan government and international community could do much more to minimize the damage these natural disasters cause. He provides and explanation of avalanches in Afghanistan and he recommends a series of measures that should be taken before next winter's snowfalls. Read "A Perfect (Snow) Storm: What can be done against avalanche damage in Afghanistan", Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), March 10, 2015.

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