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Heavy snow kills 9 in Afghanistan as extreme weather blocks key highways

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At least nine people have died in Afghanistan and two have suffered injuries after the conflict-battered country was hit by heavy snowfall and storm, the Taliban's caretaker government said on Friday.

The bad weather combined with snow and sub zero temperatures has hit provinces running from northern Afghanistan to southern parts of the country.

"Due to cold weather and rainfall in Kandahar, Helmand, Badghis, Sar-e-Pol, Badakhshan and Jawzjan, nine people have died and two have been injured," said Janan Saiq, the spokesperson for the Taliban-led ministry of state for disaster management, reported Afghan news channel Tolo news.

He added that the extreme weather destroyed residential houses and livestock.

Visuals shared by Afghan journalist in exile Bilal Sarwary showed extreme snowfall in western Afghanistan which led to a local losing his cattle.


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2.1 million animals dead as extreme winter weather hits Mongolia

This winter has been more severe than usual in Mongolia, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall
© Byambasuren BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFPThis winter has been more severe than usual in Mongolia, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall
The landlocked country is no stranger to severe weather from December to March, when temperatures plummet as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit) in some areas.

But this winter has been more severe than usual, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall, the United Nations said in a recent report.

As of Monday, 2.1 million head of livestock had died from starvation and exhaustion, Gantulga Batsaikhan of the country's agriculture ministry said.

Mongolia had 64.7 million such animals, including sheep, goats, horses and cows, at the end of 2023, official statistics show.


Comment: Mongolia experiences largest winter snowfall in 49 years


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Massive avalanche in France kills 4 and injures 3 while 2 skiers remain missing

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On Sunday, February 25, a massive avalanche occurred around 12:30 p.m. in the Val d'Enfer valley, in the Sancy Massif in France. Local emergency services were deployed immediately but, unfortunately, four people have been confirmed dead and three others injured, while two are still missing. The seven rescued people were found thanks to several members carrying emergency beacons. One of the three injured was confirmed to have deployed her airbag.

A group of nine members of the Vichy French Alpine Clubs had set out on Sunday and were caught in an avalanche not far from Mont Dore. According to Sébastien Dubourg, mayor of Mont-Dore, the area where the avalanche occurred, known as Val d'Enfer, is known to be dangerous, "It's a funnel... the mountain is unfortunately stronger than us," he stated in a press conference.


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Snow depth exceeds gauge limit for the first time at Gangwon site in South Korea at almost 63 inches

A water deer is stuck in the snow
© YonhapA water deer is stuck in the snow on a mountainous area in Inje-gun, Gangwon Province, Thursday.
Many parts of Gangwon Province have recorded substantial snowfall, with some eastern mountainous regions setting new records, according to a weather agency Friday.

The Korea Meteorological Administration announced that its weather station on Hyangro Mountain in Goseong reached its snow measurement limit of 160 centimeters for the first time. By 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the station had recorded 146.4 centimeters of snow.

The accumulation of snow is impeding access to the gauge used to measure the snow, an official from the weather agency said.


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Heavy snowfall in the Alps - 2 feet in 24 hours

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What is forecast to be the biggest snowfall of 2024 so far is getting underway in the Alps, with snow also falling in the Dolomites and Pyrenees.

The snow is expected to keep falling in many areas through the weekend but there have been reports of up to 60cm (two feet) already on high slopes for some areas during the last 24 hours.

Among the big winners so far are Italy's Cervinia posting 40cm (16") and Livigno with 32cm (13") as well as Passo Tonale, pictured below. In France Bonneval-sur-Arc posted 30cm (12") and Les Carroz 28cm (11"). Austria's Axamer Lizum has had 25cm (10"), Serfaus Fiss Ladis 20cm (8"), but Switzerland has seen the biggest falls with 60cm (2 feet) for Glacier 3000 near Gstaad (pictured above), which opened at 11am today to allow staff to dig out lifts and make runs safe.


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Green Movement is failing...Now they're trying to force citizens to love them

Like an abusive husband, who beats his wife to make her love him.
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Today, especially in Germany, the socialist-green movement is failing miserably and plummeting in the polls - to record low levels. Desperate, socialist-green governments in Europe are now resorting to heavy-handed tactics to force citizens to "like" them again.

Growing censorship, opposition bans

For example, the EU has just enacted the Digital Services Act (Regulation (EU), which is a regulation regarding "illegal content, transparent advertising, and disinformation".

Meanwhile, Germany is pushing to enact a draconian Democracy Security Act, designed to seriously curb online speech and obliterate opposition.

Will backfire

As well-intentioned as these new laws may sound, they are all designed to distract for the huge problems the green movement is causing and to stifle opposition and free speech. It's an abusive relationship that's never going to work.

Like a husband who beats his wife, the beatings will probably just get worse the more he gets rejected by her. That's how things are getting in Germany. Industry is headed to the intensive care unit and the green movement is failing.

Some examples follow:

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Mongolia experiences largest winter snowfall in 49 years - 668,000 livestock killed

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This winter saw the heaviest snowfall in Mongolia since 1975.

According to the Mongolian government's announcement on February 19, severe colds and blizzards have resulted in one fatality.

Meanwhile, nearly 668,000 livestock have perished in the harsh weather as of February 18.

In response to the situation, the Mongolian government has initiated disaster relief efforts, providing essential aid, such as food, fuel, and livestock feed, to the affected areas starting on February 19.


Comment: Bear in mind that Mongolia covers 1.56 million square kilometers, which is the size of the UK, France, Germany and Italy put together.


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Nearly 3 feet of snow in 5 days for St. John's, Newfoundland

Snow-weary Mount Pearl residents are digging out from snowfall after snowfall Monday.
© Peter Cowan/CBCSnow-weary Mount Pearl residents are digging out from snowfall after snowfall Monday.
Snow-weary St. John's residents are digging out from snowfall after snowfall, and as the fluffy white flakes continue to fall from the sky, some say it feels like there's snow end in sight.

"I feel it in my muscles," said Mount Pearl resident Cyril Tobin, leaning on the handle of his shovel in front of a large pile of snow. "Tired and sore."

Over the past five days, depending on the region, around 60 to 90 centimetres of snow has fallen in the St. John's metro area, according to Environment Canada.

A winter storm battered much of the island last Wednesday through to Friday morning, and on Sunday, another dump of snow fell on much of the Avalon Peninsula.

The flakes continue to fall Monday afternoon, according to Environment Canada, with snow expected to taper off in the early evening.


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Heavy snowfall disrupts communication links and block roads in northern Pakistan - 4 feet of snow in 3 days

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Three days of continuous heavy snowfall have severely disrupted communication links and blocked roadways, affecting popular tourist destinations in Upper Hazara division, including Kaghan, Naran, Shogran, Nathiagali, Donga Gali, and Thandiani.

During the three-day heavy snowfall period, Galyat received over 2.5 feet of snow, while Kaghan and Naran received up to 4 feet, resulting in sub-zero temperatures.

In Galyat, the main Murree Road, a vital route connecting multiple destinations, has been closed due to a snow avalanche at Toheedabad all vehicular traffic to Galyat and roads connecting to Murree have been blocked.


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Gulmarg covered by 3 feet of snow in 48 hours in Jammu and Kashmir, India

Gulmarg amasses 3-ft snowfall in 48 hours
Gulmarg amasses 3-ft snowfall in 48 hours
Gulmarg and the higher reaches in the Kashmir Valley have accumulated a significant amount of snow, with the world-famous skiing resort recording nearly 3 feet of snowfall within 48 hours until Tuesday morning.

Quoting a meteorological department official, GNS reported that plains largely received rainfall with Srinagar recording 41.4mm in two days including 29.0mm in 24 hours.

He said, mercury witnessed drop with Srinagar recording a low of minus 0.7°C against 2.0°C on the previous night. It was below normal by 1.6°C for the summer capital of JK for this time of the year, he said.

Qazigund received 76.8mm of rain in 24 hours till 0830 hours and recorded a minimum of 0.0°C against 36°C on the previous night and it was 0.1°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, the MeT official said.

Pahalgam received 40.1mm of rain during the 24 hours and recorded a low of minus 0.5°C against 0.8°C on the previous night and it was 3.5°C above normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir.