Avalanches kill dozens in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Avalanches kill dozens in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Avalanches kill dozens in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Updating earlier figures, Mohammadi went on to say that heavy snowfalls and avalanches had claimed the lives of at least 54 people and wounded over 50 others across the country during the past three days.

According to Fox, the avalanches have destroyed more than 150 homes and 2,500 acres of farmland. Numerous local roads are blocked by snow and ice.

Five people were killed by avalanches in the Balkhab district of Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan and at least 70 people trapped under the snow were being rescued, provincial spokesman Zabiullah Amani said.

Mohammad Aseem, governor of the hard-hit northern province of Parwan, said 16 people were killed and eight others injured in avalanches in two districts.

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Officials have warned that more snow storms - and likely more avalanches - are on the way.

It is believed some 45 people have been killed in the Nuristan province alone.

Government forces are trying to reach 12 seperate areas in Badakhshan which were cut off by snow, provincial government spokesperson Naweed Frotan told Reuters.

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In Pakistan, numerous deaths were reported in the village of Shershal in Chitral district.

Several homes were destroyed in the town, and more people were feared trapped under the snow.

Police and soldiers rescued drivers and passengers from more than 250 vehicles stranded on one of Afghanistan's major highways, Kabul-Kandahar Highway, over the weekend.

Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan's mountainous areas in winter and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.

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