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Tajikistanís Hydro-Meteorological Agency (Hydromet) forecasts heavy rains and snow in the mountains for the month of March. Precipitation might be up to twice the usual amount. The agency also says that the snowpack recorded in areas feeding the Pyandj, Vakhsh, Varzob and Zeravshan river basins is above the multi-year average. Hydromet therefore warns that snow, rain and snowmelt may trigger various hazards over the spring months. This includes avalanches in Anzob, Shakhristan, Rasht and the western districts of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) and flash floods in Ayni, Khovaling, Muminabad, Sangiston and Vose.


Avalanches already killed four people in the past weeks: two people in Shugnan district and one boy in Ishkashim district of GBAO; in the northern Sughd province, a Chinese citizen was killed on 25 February when an avalanche hit the Shakhristan pass.


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