Exceptionally cold winter is gripping Afghanistan

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Gepubliceerd op 31 januari 2023

The winter season in Afghanistan is proving to be one of the coldest in decades, with temperatures reaching -33°C. The harsh weather conditions, characterised by heavy snowfall and frost, are causing widespread devastation throughout the country. The severe weather has caused the death of at least 80,000 heads of livestock and buildings and infrastructure have been significantly damaged. Moreover, the devastating impact of the ongoing harsh winter conditions resulted in more than 160 casualties.

This image, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites on 26 January, shows the country, with large areas covered in snow.

The data acquired by Copernicus Sentinel-2 and -3 satellites are particularly suitable for mapping snow cover and monitoring vulnerable communities around the world.


Copernicus. (2023, January 30). Exceptionally cold winter is gripping Afghanistan. Image of the Day. https://www.copernicus.eu/en/media/image-day-gallery/exceptionally-cold-...