TASS, January 16. Severe cold weather and blizzards have taken the lives of 20 people and left 70 hospitalized over the past few days in Afghanistan, the TOLO News TV channel reported on Monday.
According to the TV channel, at least 4,000 cattle have also died due to the cold spell in addition to leaving several thousand hectares of agricultural land impaired.
The bone-chilling cold poses a threat to a large part of the country's population, as most locals are unable to heat their homes.
Earlier, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that during the week temperatures in some parts of Afghanistan could plunge to minus 35 degrees Celsius.
The Save the Children Fund estimates that more than 18 million children and adults, or nearly half of Afghanistan's population, will need humanitarian aid in 2023.