45. The Salang Avalanches

Photographer: EPA

Year: February 2010

Location: Salang, Afghanistan

Casualties: 172

Following an unexpected winter storm in Afghanistan, not one but dozens of avalanches toppled over the Salang Pass, an important connection between Kabul and Northern Afghan cities. In a short period the snow spill blocked the roads for miles and trapped thousands of people in their cars, in or near the road's mountain tunnel, some for days. Some vehicles were buried in the snow, others were totally mangled by it, like the one here being inspected by rescue workers