Tajikistan: At least seven killed in avalanche

Dushanbe, TajikistanUpdated: 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)