March 18, 2010 / 4:57 AM / 10 years ago

Avalanche kills eight in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE (Reuters) - An avalanche killed eight people on a mountain road in the Central Asian state of Tajikistan, the emergencies committee said Thursday.

The avalanche hit several cars on a busy road between the capital Dushanbe and Khujand, the largest city in the north.

“Eight bodies have been recovered so far,” said emergencies committee spokeswoman Munira Nazariyeva. “Rescue work is under way.”

Warm weather has persisted in Tajikistan following heavy snowfalls, triggering avalanches in the former Soviet republic where mountains account for 93 percent of land area.

Reporting by Roman Kozhevnikov; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Jon Boyle

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