Badakhshan


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Badakhshan

(bädäkhshän`, bədəkhshän`), province (1979 est. pop. 497,000), 17,011 sq mi (44,059 sq km), extreme NE Afghanistan, between the Hindu Kush Mts. and the Amu Darya River. The capital is FaizabadFaizabad
or Feyzabad
, city (1992 est. pop. 9,098), capital of Badakhshan prov., NE Afghanistan, on the Kokcha River. The chief commercial and administrative center of NE Afghanistan and the Pamir region, Faizabad also has rice and flour mills.
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. Renowned for its mineral wealth, it is the world's chief source of lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone. The deposits have been worked for more than 3,000 years. Rubies, emeralds, amethysts, and gold have also been mined. Mountain goats and the famed Marco Polo wild sheep are hunted in the province. Some agriculture and sheep and goat herding are also practiced. In 1859 it became a part of Afghanistan. Badhakshan's most distinctive feature is the Vakhan (Wakhan Corridor), a long narrow panhandle that passes between Tajikistan in the north and Pakistan in the south, linking Afghanistan with the XinjiangXinjiang
or Sinkiang
[Chinese,=new frontier], officially Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (Mandarin Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu), autonomous region (2010 pop. 21,813,334), c.637,000 sq mi (1,650,257 sq km), NW China.
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 region in China. Badakhshan was once part of the ancient Greek kingdom of BactriaBactria
, ancient Greek kingdom in central Asia. Its capital was Bactra, present-day Balkh in N Afghanistan. Before the Greek conquest, the region was an eastern province of the Persian Empire.
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. Many of its inhabitants are Tajiks.

Badakhshan,

autonomous province, Tajikistan: see Gorno-BadakhsanGorno-Badakhshan
or Badakhshan,
Tajik Kuhistoni Badakhshon, autonomous province (1991 est. pop. 167,100), c.24,600 sq mi (63,710 sq km), roughly constituting the eastern half of Tajikistan, in the Pamir.
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Transport routes to most of Badakhshan districts are closed for traffic every winter due to heavy snowfall, restricting people's movement.
According to Tolo News, miners were still working at the accident site when the gold mine collapsed around 11 am in the north-eastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.
Badakhshan is among the relatively volatile provinces in Northeast of Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militants including Taliban are active in some of its districts.
This comes as the security situation in northern Faryab and northeastern Badakhshan provinces have sharply deteriorated during the recent months.
Taliban militants who have been fighting over the past couple of months to consolidate positions in Badakhshan province, haven't commented.
Assessment is still ongoing in the remote districts of Badakhshan.
The police base, in the Wardoj district, had been cut off as heavy rains destroyed roads into the area, said General Baba Jan, Badakhshan province police chief.
The food and winter clothing aid was delivered, brought in 16 containers, was handed over to relevant authorities in Jawzjan and Badakhshan provinces.
The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has provided urgent relief aid for the fourth consecutive day to those affected by the rains and landslides in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.
The mountainous area in Badakhshan province has experienced days of heavy rain and flooding, and the side of a cliff collapsed onto the village of Hobo Barik around midday.
Following the uprising, all communications infrastructure, including cell phones, were banned in the Badakhshan valley.