Tajikistan: At least seven killed in avalanche

WION Dushanbe, Tajikistan Jan 30, 2017, 08.44 AM(IST)

Aerial view of mountains near the capital of Tajikistan Dushanbe. Around 800 people had been evacuated since Sunday when a series of avalanches struck Tajikistan. Photograph:( AFP )

At least seven killed after series of avalanches struck Tajikistan over the weekend, authorities said on Monday. 

Around five people were killed when an avalanche struck a highway linking the capital Dushanbe with Tajikistan's second largest city, emergency services committee told AFP. 

While two others died in the country's east Pamir region. 

A rescue operation is underway and the death toll is expected to rise, emergency services committee said. 

Around 800 people had been evacuated since Sunday, AFP reported. 

In February 2015, a single avalanche killed six people in east Tajikistan. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)