Avalanches and snowstorms kill scores in Afghanistan

There were reports of deaths in Parwan, to the north of Kabul; Badakhshan in the northeast; and several other parts of the country.

Heavy snow and avalanches have killed dozens of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

His deputy, Mohammad Aslam, said scores of houses were also destroyed and damaged by the disaster.

More than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall in Afghanistan, including 50 in one village.

Authorities fear the toll may rise sharply because rescue crews have yet to reach some of the worst-hit areas.

In northeastern Badakhshan province at least 18 people, including three women and two children, were killed when avalanches hit their houses overnight, provincial spokesman Naweed Frotan said.

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.

A separate avalanche killed a soldier at a border checkpoint in Chitral district, a military statement said, while six more soldiers were injured.

The government chose to declare Sunday a holiday due to the bad weather that closed roads and created other problems, Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy Spokesman for the Afghan president told EFE.

"Fortunately we arrived on time and there is not a single casualty", he said, noting that officials expected the road to reopen quickly.

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

The Salang highway connecting northern and central Afghanistan and crossing high mountains was also closed and will remain blocked until the snow is cleared from the main road, said police general Rajab Salangi, who oversees the area.

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