Avalanches kill at least 54 people in Afghanistan and another 13 in Pakistan
Kabul/ Lahore, Feb6:Avalanches have killed at least 54 people in Afghanistan and another 13 in Pakistan, officials said.
Omer Mohammadi, spokesman for the Afghan state minister for disaster management and humanitarian affairs, said that more than 50 others have been injured in different parts of the country, updating an earlier toll.
He said more than 150 houses have been destroyed by the avalanches and that 50 others were heavily damaged. The avalanches, which came after heavy snowfall, have also killed an estimated 550 animals and destroyed more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of farmland, Mohammadi said.
An avalanche in neighboring Pakistan killed at least 13 people and buried five homes, according to Nizamud Shah, a local official in the northern town of Chitral, adding that several other people are missing.
On Sunday, Afghanistan’s government declared a public holiday due to the heavy snowfall