Avalanche death toll climbs in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 5:06 PM - At least 60 people are dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan after heavy snow caused a series of avalanches along the border.
Nearly 20 people are reported dead in Afghanistan's northern province of Badakhshan due to avalanches, collapsed roofs and blocked roads.
In northern Pakistan's district of Chitral, at least 14 residents were killed, including six children after a mass of snow and ice destroyed five houses in the village of Sher Shall, CNN reports.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in Pakistan is expected to provide medical assistance, food and shelter to those impacted, according to the news agency.
Video above shows snowy conditions in Nuristan, Afghanistan.
Rescue crews are struggling to reach those who are trapped due to blocked roads and deteriorating weather conditions.
The snow and ice has forced the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to close and over 200 motorists have been rescued along the Kabul-Kandahar highway, the BBC reports.
Roofs continue to collapse under the weight of the heavy snow, with authorities warning of the possibility for more avalanches as a series of relentless winter storms continues to track across the region.
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