Avalanches along the Afghan-Pakistani border on Sunday, many killed


The area is about 150 miles northeast of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. Across the border in northwest Pakistan, a mass of snow, ice and rocks plummeted upon five houses in the mountainous Sher Shal village in the district of Chitral. Evacuation efforts are currently underway. Rescuers are experiencing difficulty reaching trapped people, because of bad weather and snow-blocked roads. At least two stranded drivers have frozen to death. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will coordinate rescue efforts and arrange medical assistance, food and shelter for those affected. Officials are warning of more avalanches as snow storms are continuing.


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