Afghan medical workers carry the our bodies of the victims who misplaced their lives after an oil tanker caught hearth an evening earlier than at Salang go tunnel in Charikar metropolis on December 18, 2022.
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At the least 12 individuals have been killed in an accident within the Salang Tunnel, which connects Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to its north, the authorities have stated.
Thirty-seven individuals have been injured on Saturday after a gas tanker caught hearth, stated Molvi Hamiddullah Misbah, a spokesperson for the Public Works Ministry.
Whereas the hearth had been extinguished, Misbah stated on Sunday that the demise toll was more likely 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 youngsters have been amongst them,” Ajab Gul, an eyewitness, advised the Afghan Tolo information company.
The landmark tunnel is positioned about 90km (56 miles) north of Kabul and is a key hyperlink between the nation’s north and south.
Army helicopters together with medics and first help 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, stated most of the lifeless included ladies and youngsters whose our bodies have been badly burnt. “Among the many lifeless it was very arduous to determine who was a male and who was a feminine,” he advised 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 means of the treacherous Salang go, one of many highest mountain highways on the planet at about 3 650 metres (12 000 ft).
The go is commonly shut for days due to accidents, heavy snowfall and avalanches in the course of the winter months.
In 2010, avalanches killed greater than 150 individuals within the Salang go.