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U.S. troops respond to avalanche in Afghanistan

KABUL (WKOW) -- Bulldozers and helicopters were deployed in Afghanistan Tuesday to help reach people still trapped by a series of avalanches in a mountain pass.

The bodies of 24 people were recovered during the search-and-rescue, but officials say as many as 40 others could be trapped.

Almost 2,500 people were rescued from their snow-covered vehicles.  Afghan and coalition forces treated the more than 400 injured people before taking them to Bagram Airbase.

Military helicopters are dropping food packages to people stuck on roads blocked by snow.

The avalanches happened Monday, endangering vehicles along several miles of road.

Officials say there was little warning to prepare for the cascading snow.

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