About 119 people have been reported dead after a three day heavy snowfall along the Afghan-Pakistani border resulting into a series of avalanches.
The rescue mission is underway and the number is expected to sharply rise. The rescuers fear that most victims have been trapped beneath the dense snow, reports CBS News.
Omar Mohammadi, an Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority spokesperson, said that most of the deaths were recorded in Afghanistan where the number currently stands at 119 deaths and 67 injuries.
He explained that children and women are the most affected, adding that most deaths have occurred in the provinces of eastern Nuristan, eastern Wardak, Sar-e-Pul, Badakhshan and northern Parwan.
The unrelenting snow has also been harshly felt in the Barg-e-Matal district of Nuristan province where 50 villagers have been killed and their houses buried apart from the roads being wrecked up.
Crossing the border to Pakistan, the Chitral district was left in havoc after people were woken late Saturday night. The current figures stand at 13 deaths and 19 injuries in the high-altitude Garam Chashma area.
Shahab Ahmed, the District Coordination Officer of Chitral, said that among those dead in Garam Chashma are 4 children, 4 women and 1 man. He added that 19 houses have been left in wrecks by the devastating snow and ice.
The snow also snatched the life of one soldier in an incident involving an avalanche hitting a guard post. The unfortunate incident resulted in the injuries of 6 other soldiers.
Chitral is in Pakistan’s disaster-prone Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where flash floods killed at least 47 people and left 37 others injured in April.