People cross a street during a snowfall in Quetta, Pakistan, on Monday. Banaras Khan/AFP
At least 57 people were killed and others were missing after avalanches in Azad Jammu and Kashmir region of Pakistan over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said on Tuesday.
In neighbouring India, at least 10 people were killed after several avalanches hit the northern-part of Kashmir.
In Pakistan’s other parts, where 30 people were reported killed, much of the damage struck southwestern Baluchistan province. Imran Zarkon, chief of provincial disaster management, said 14 died there in the past 24 hours, mainly when roofs collapsed amid heavy snowfall.
In Afghanistan, harsh weather conditions led to the death of at least 24 people, according to the ministry for disaster management.
Heavy snowfall had forced closures of many highways and some parts in the province were under six inches of snow. Eleven people were killed in eastern Punjab province when their roofs caved in under strong rains, said Abdul Sattar, an official with the state-run emergency service.Of the Afghan casualties, eight people were killed in southern Kandahar province, said Bahir Ahamdi, spokesman for the provincial governor. In western Herat province, seven people died, including five members of the same family, said Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman for the provincial police chief. Three people were killed in southern Helmand province, said Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor.
Residents of the Afghan capital, Kabul, where temperatures dropped to -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit), abandoned driving and struggled to get to work on snow-covered roads.
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