100 killed in a series of avalanches In Afghanistan, major highways closed
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 06-Feb-2017

Kabul, February 6: The death toll from heavy snow across Afghanistan rose to 100 and there were fears the toll could rise as rescuers began clearing roads to remote areas. The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in the central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.Spokesperson for the ministry of natural disasters, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi told, the bulk of the deaths have occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village. He said, 168 houses were destroyed and 340 cattle killed. In the badly-hit northeastern province of Badakhshan at least 18 people, including three women and two children, were killed when avalanches hit their houses overnight.

Also, In Pakistan's Chitral district located in north part of the province on the border with Afghanistan at least 15 people were killed in an avalanche that buried five homes following heavy snowfall in a remote area. Chitral is part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Five more deaths occurred in rain-related incidents elsewhere in Khyber Pakhtun­khwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In Balochistan, 108 people stranded in a marshland in the Nushki area were rescued by security forces and local people.

Incessant snowfall in the Chitral area for the last three days led to an avalanche hitting the remote village of Shershall. The avalanche buried six houses and damaged 19 others, killing nine people.