Afghanistan’s deadly freeze has killed at least 166 people and over 80,000 livestock

The Taliban’s Ministry of Disaster Management has said freezing temperatures, heavy snowfalls and floods have killed at least 166 people in 24 provinces across Afghanistan.

Abdulrahman Zahid, the group’ deputy minister confirmed to KabulNow that the extreme weather conditions had destroyed about 100 houses and over 80,000 livestock had been lost, since 10 January.

Afghanistan has been battling the coldest winter in over a decade, which has caught the country in the middle of an ever worsening humanitarian crisis. In some places, the temperatures have been plummeting to as low as -30 celsius. And heavy snowfalls have made many places unreachable.