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    Search for Afghanistan Avalanche Survivors Continues


    by NTDTelevision

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    Rescue workers are still pulling frozen bodies out of the snow.

    Three days after avalanches engulfed the Salang Pass, Afghanistan's mountain highway through the Hindu Kush.

    At least a 100 people are dead but local Afghan authorities fear scores more lie buried in their vehicles.

    [Abdul Basir Salangi, Provincial Governor]:
    "The death toll is going to soar. As we see, many people are still trapped under the snow. The avalanche was very powerful."

    The highway was congested with traffic when the avalanches struck, trapping thousands in their vehicles.

    Afghan soldiers were rushed to the mountain pass.

    They dug a corridor through the snow along miles of blocked cars and buses, opening a precious lifeline.

    So far, more than 2,500 people have been rescued in the massive recovery operation.

    Despite the freezing conditions in the Pass, the rescuers haven't given up hope of finding more survivors.

    A moment of joy as one little girl is found alive.

    The 9-year-old, though dazed, seems to be in good health in spite of her ordeal.

    A short time later, rescuers dug out another survivor - a man this time - dug out of this overturned bus at the bottom of a gorge.