Expressing condolences over the deaths caused by snow and avalanches in northeastern Panjshir, President Ashraf Ghani announced to delay his trip to Iran in order to focus more on assistance to the families of victims and survivors.
In his speech to the nation on Saturday evening, Ghani emphasized that all the government efforts were focused on delivery of assistances to the affected areas.
At least 196 people have died and over 100 others injured after heavy snow and avalanches began last week in Panjshir, leaving dozens of homes buried.
Frequent avalanches and snowstorm have been hampering aid efforts and leaving the main roads of the villages blocked for several days.
“We have instructed the ministries of health and public works to take serious measures,” Ghani said, calling on international community for assistances to the affected people.
“Damages are bigger than government’s ability,” Ghani noted. “We can’t deal with them without the support of international community.”
He stated that the relevant government departments had been instructed to set up fundraising programs for the families still trapped in the affected areas.
Ghani warned that further natural events have been predicted in Panjshir and other parts of the country.
“Salang Pass is in danger and we are considering serious attention to eliminate the threats,” Ghani noted.
Following the tragic event of Panjshir, the government has announced a three-day national mourning with national flag flown at half-mast in respect to the victims of Panjshir.