At least 124 people have died in freezing temperatures in Afghanistan in the past fortnight, Taliban officials say. 

About 70,000 livestock had also perished in what is the coldest winter in a decade, a State Ministry for Disaster Management spokesman said. 

Many aid agencies suspended operations in recent weeks after the Taliban banned Afghan women from working for non-governmental organisations. 

A Taliban minister said despite the deaths, the edict would not be changed. 

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