A 40-year-old Afghan gravedigger died while digging a grave for someone else who was gassed in the Garziwan district of Faryab province local officials said.
One source described the gravedigger’s immediate death as a heart attack, as he was busy digging a grave on Sunday for someone else who was the victim of gassing.
The gassed person had died hours earlier inside his car before the second incident took place at a cemetery.
Over the past couple of days, the number of people affected by gas inhalation has increased all over the country due to the harsh cold weather hitting people the worst.
Recently, health officials in Zabul province announced that 20 people were poisoned by gas inhalation and one woman died in the past two days.
Abdul Hakim Hakimi, head of public health of the Islamic Emirate in Zabul, says that these people were gassed in the provincial capital and Shahjoy, Mizana, and Shinkai districts of this province while using gas heaters.
Earlier, fatal cases of gassing were reported from Faryab, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Khost, and Badakhshan provinces, respectively.
The dramatic drop in air temperature has forced many people to use gas heaters to warm up their houses in most provinces of the country in the recent past. It is likely that the cold weather will reach minus 35 degrees Celsius by the end of this week, according to weather forecasts.
Among many other issues, the cold winter is another major challenge for ordinary people in throughout Afghanistan. Currently, thousands of vulnerable families are struggling to survive amid the harsh winter. With no work, no prospects, and no future, many are going through the worst nightmare they must have imagined.