Over 286 Have Died from Series of Avalanches in Afghanistan At least 286 People have perished from Huge new avalanches that have hit Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, closing off areas that were already difficult to reach, the provincial governor says. Abdul Rahman Kabiri told the BBC that new avalanches 40m (130ft) high have inundated new areas n the north-eastern province.  The fatalities have all been due to snow or flooding, officials say. FULL REPORT