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Tajik government cuts snow avalanche death toll to 3, says earlier toll of 15 was a "mistake"

Tajik government cuts snow avalanche death toll to 3, says earlier toll of 15 was a "mistake"

Officials in Tajikistan reduced the death toll from a snow avalanche to three, saying Monday that their earlier total of 15 dead was a mistake.
The Interior Ministry had said 15 people were killed Friday when a mass of snow crashed onto a section of the highway linking the capital, Dushanbe, with Khudjand, the major city of Tajikistan's northern sector.
But Deputy Interior Minister Sharif Nazarov said Monday "that was a mistake." Tajikistan's emergency services agency gave the death toll as three.
Much of the impoverished former Soviet republic's territory is mountainous, and landslides and snow avalanches are common.


Updated : 2021-08-01 10:40 GMT+08:00