Avalanches have killed at least 54 people in Afghanistan. Dozens of homes have been destroyed after 22 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces had experienced heavy snowfall in the last days.
Climate change is having a huge impact on Afghanistan's agriculture-based society. Despite changing environment patterns, Afghan farmers have a limited understanding of how climate change is affecting their livelihood.
The late-season avalanche hit the cross-country skiers as they walked up towards a summit. It is unclear how the snow became dislodged and swept them away.
Heavy snow, rain, avalanches and cold in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed dozens over the past three days. The weather conditions have forced the Afghan government to declare a nationwide holiday.
An annual high school mountaineering expedition has turned fatal after an avalanche struck. Eight students were found 'without vital signs' - deaths must be confirmed by doctors in Japan before officially reported.
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