20 are missing, and about 100 homes have been destroyed. The acting governor of Panjshir, Abdul Rahman Kabiri, said rescuers used their bare hands and shovels in an effort to reach survivors. Avalanches in the valley’s Dara district affected up to 600 families. Temperatures have plummeted across the country. Humanitarian emergency is needed in areas most severely hit by the bad weather. Panjshir is a small, mountainous province north of the capital, Kabul. On the other side, snow melting in the mountains is important, even vital in Afghanistan, to sustain agriculture.”Now we are optimistic about the agriculture situation around the country. There will be snow and rain for several days, so the country won’t face a lack of water during the coming year,” Ministry of Agriculture spokesman Lotfullah Rashid said.