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At least three people have been killed in Afghanistan as a result of heavy snowfall and rain that has been sweeping across the country in recent days.
The Afghan Ministry of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs confirmed the deaths on Tuesday, saying that two people were killed in the northern province of Balkh and one in the western province of Herat.
The ministry also said that more than 500 homes have been damaged due to the harsh weather conditions.
The snow and rain have been particularly severe in the northern provinces of Balkh, Faryab, and Jawzjan, which have seen heavy snowfall and rain over the past few days.
The ministry said that more than 5,000 hectares of agricultural land have been damaged due to the weather, and that thousands of livestock have died as a result of the cold weather.
The Afghan government has urged people to take precautions and stay inside their homes in order to protect themselves from the cold weather.
The Afghan Meteorological Department said that the snow and rainfall is expected to continue for the next few days, and that temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in some parts of the country.
The snow and rain have caused disruption to transportation and communication networks in some areas, and the ministry has urged people to take precautions when travelling.
The deaths come as Afghanistan continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. The country has reported more than 62,000 cases of the virus and 2,633 deaths.