The highway connecting Dushanbe ad the northern city of Khujand, which had been closed for traffic since January 20, has reopened to traffic, but not for all vehicles.  Truck traffic has been temporarily restricted on the highway.

The Branch of the Innovative Road Solutions (IRS) in Tajikistan, which operates the toll on the Dushanbe-Chanak highway, says the highway reopened for traffic yesterday but truck traffic has been temporarily restricted on the highway in order to avoid traffic congestion. 

Heavy snowfall is continuing in some areas and the risk of further avalanches remains high, according the IRS press center.  

More than thirty avalanches reportedly hit the highway on January 20-21 alone. IRS says the section of the highway from the 62nd to the 73rd kilometer (Varzob district) is the most dangerous section.  

The Committee on Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (CoES) under the Government of Tajikistan says 110 avalanched have occurred in the country since the beginning of January.  

According to weather forecasters, heavy snowfall is expected in the majority of mountain areas of the country today that increases the risk of further avalanches. 

In this regard, the CoES is advising citizens and guests of the country not to travel to mountain areas unnecessarily.