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    The number of deaths caused by freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall in Afghanistan in the past few days reached 120 on Tuesday.

    KABUL, January 15 (RIA Novosti) - The number of deaths caused by freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall in Afghanistan in the past few days reached 120 on Tuesday.

    Heavy snowfall resumed today across the mountainous south Asian country, including in areas that have seen no snow for over two decades.

    A total of 13 people died during the night, most of them buried under avalanches in the Daykundi and Ghor provinces in central Afghanistan. Two children froze to death in the northern province of Faryab.

    Cold weather also caused an outbreak of an unidentified lung disease in Badakhshan, where 11 children died of breathing problems.

    The government is set to provide about 23,000 metric tons of wheat to disaster-hit areas to stabilize food prices, which doubled after many roads were blocked by snowdrifts.

    Neighboring Iran has continued to expel Afghan refugees to the hardest-hit province of Herat, where about 20 people have so far died of cold, hunger and disease since January 1.

    Earlier in the day, Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry handed an official note to the Iranian Embassy in Kabul to protest against the expulsions.

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