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Afghanistan, Pakistan Avalanches Kill More Than 100

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Pakistani volunteers and army soldiers carry a body of a villager killed in an avalanche in Upper Chitral in Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Gul Hamaad Farooqi)
 

By    |   Monday, 06 Feb 2017 10:37 AM

Avalanches on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border killed more than 100 people following three days of heavy snow.

The fatal weather conditions buried entire villages, killing at least 117 people while injuring many others, according to the United Press International.

“Avalanches have buried two entire villages,” said a spokesman in Afghanistan, according to BBC News.

“Several dozens are still trapped,” said Naweed Frotan, a spokesman for the northern province of Badakhshan, according to Sky News. “We are trying to rescue them.”

There were many people who also found themselves trapped in their cars on the Kabul-Kandahar highway due to the extreme weather conditions.

Some froze to death while waiting to be rescued, according to BBC News.

Rescue crews have been having a hard time coming to the aid of those who are trapped because of roads blocked by the large amounts of snow.

Provincial Council member Khalilullah Ghayor said, as a result, helicopters will be sent out to search for any survivors, according to BBC News.

In Afghanistan, about 100 people died from the avalanches, including many women and children. There’s also about 70 or more people trapped, according to Sky News.

In Pakistan where avalanches are known to occur, about 20 people were killed, UPI said.

There could be more avalanches in the days to come, as weather conditions aren’t expected to improve just yet.

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