Afghan medical employees carry the our bodies of the victims who misplaced their lives after an oil tanker caught hearth an evening earlier than at Salang move tunnel in Charikar metropolis on December 18, 2022.
Farid Tanha / AFP
At the very least 12 folks have been killed in an accident within the Salang Tunnel, which connects Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to its north, the authorities have mentioned.
Thirty-seven folks have been injured on Saturday after a gas tanker caught hearth, mentioned Molvi Hamiddullah Misbah, a spokesperson for the Public Works Ministry.
Whereas the hearth had been extinguished, Misbah mentioned on Sunday that the loss of life toll was prone to rise. The reason for the accident remained unclear.
“Once we went contained in the tunnel within the morning, we noticed our bodies that weren’t recognisable, as they have been severely burnt. Ladies, males and kids have been amongst them,” Ajab Gul, an eyewitness, informed the Afghan Tolo information company.
The landmark tunnel is situated about 90km (56 miles) north of Kabul and is a key hyperlink between the nation’s north and south.
Navy helicopters together with medics and first support groups have been despatched to the scene, the Defence Ministry posted on social media.
Abdullah Afghan Mal, a senior well being official in Parwan province, mentioned most of the lifeless included girls and kids whose our bodies have been badly burnt. “Among the many lifeless it was very arduous to establish who was a male and who was a feminine,” he informed the AFP information company.
The two.6-km (1.6-mile) lengthy Soviet-built tunnel is an engineering feat that hyperlinks Kabul and Afghanistan’s north, connecting the Indian subcontinent to Central Asia by way of the treacherous Salang move, one of many highest mountain highways on this planet at about 3 650 metres (12 000 ft).
The move is usually shut for days due to accidents, heavy snowfall and avalanches throughout the winter months.
In 2010, avalanches killed greater than 150 folks within the Salang move.