Afghanistan death toll rises after avalanches destroy homes

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.

Avalanches destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads in central and north-eastern provinces, a spokesman for the ministry of natural disasters told AFP.

At least five other deaths from collapsed roofs were reported elsewhere in Nuristan.

In neighbouring Pakistan, at least 13 people have been killed after the northern district of Chitral was hit by a deluge of snow on Saturday.

At least 54 people have been killed in Afghanistan following snowslides over the last three days.

Heavy snow also blanketed the Afghan capital of Kabul, where the government closed its offices on Sunday.

In eastern Afghanistan, at least 50 people died and dozens more were missing yesterday after an avalanche buried a village in Nuristan, said provincial governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum.

"Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them", he said, adding that many roads were still blocked.

"The roads to Balkhab are still blocked and we are trying to open them", he said.

In Afghanistan almost 100 have lost their lives in the past three days - including 16 in overnight avalanches just north of the capital Kabul.

Aseem says a team has been dispatched to the affected areas but numerous roads are blocked by snow.

An avalanche smashed into eight homes in the village of Shershal in Chitral district, killing nine people including four women and four children.

Officials fear more people are trapped beneath the thick wall of snow.

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