Afghanistan — “Yesterday we crossed the [Panjsher] Valley to get a clearer picture of what’s happening and to survey the extent of the damage,” writes Luca, our Medical Coordinator in Afghanistan. “As you can see from the photos I sent, the main road is open although the damage to the road surface is clearly visible, along with the numerous landslides and rockfalls. At a certain point we were forced to stop: the road had turned into a river and it was impossible to go on.
All our First Aid Posts (FAPs) are open, including the one in Paryan, an isolated district. Three helicopters are going back and forth, carrying basic necessities to the people trapped in the area.
Our hospital has taken in 16 patients so far, while another 8 didn’t survive the journey. There’s no doubt we’ll be seeing more cases of pneumonia, bronchitis, and other illnesses related to the cold. We’ve been involved in the Emergency Team organized by the local authorities and international organizations: our hospital, FAPs and ambulances are at their disposal. Our concern is for all the people still isolated. Nobody is able to provide any reliable information about their numbers or what condition they’re in.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen the Panjsher Valley completely covered in snow, but never before with these consequences. Last week’s avalanches were probably the result of a mild winter and a series of snowy days. And, unfortunately, it started snowing heavily again this morning.”
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