Dozens of people were killed in Afghanistan after heavy snow and avalanches hit several parts of the country in the last three days, officials said on Sunday.

At least 50 people were confirmed dead and dozens more were still missing on Sunday after an avalanche buried a village in Nuristan, said Provincial Governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum.

“Based on information from district officials, 50 dead bodies have been recovered and the number may increase,” he said.

According to Local Newsat least 57 bodies have been recovered so far.

“There are 17 more people who are confirmed killed… In Kabul they are trying to find helicopters to deliver medicine and food,” Sarwary reported.

“Unfortunately, for the people stuck in the snow the only hope is helicopters dropping food and medicine. Afghanistan is a country which doesn’t have many transport helicopters. The government will have to rely on international forces and aid agencies.”

Afghanistan & Pakistan Both Hit

Omer Mohammadi, a spokesman for the Afghan State Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, said that more than 50 others were injured in different parts of the country.

He said more than 150 homes 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 of farmland, Mohammadi said.

Meanwhile, avalanches in neighbouring Pakistan have killed at least 13 people and buried five homes, according to Nizamud Shah, a local official in the northern town of Chitral. Several other people are missing, he added.

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