At least 17 killed by extreme cold snap in Afghanistan

An internally displaced young Afghan woman cleans an alley outside her house on the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan Sunday Jan. 12 2020. Kabul has been experiencing below freezing weather and snow

An internally displaced young Afghan woman cleans an alley outside her house on the outskirts of Kabul Afghanistan Sunday Jan. 12 2020. Kabul has been experiencing below freezing weather and snow

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Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather has killed more than 110 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as authorities struggled to reach people stranded by heavy snowfall.

The overall death toll from this year's cold snap now stands at 24, and officials cautioned it could rise further.

Harsh winters often take a heavy toll in mountainous Afghanistan, and the country remains poor despite billions of dollars in aid from the global community.

Pakistan's Balochistan province has been hit hard as well; 17 people are reportedly dead after heavy snowfall destroyed several houses. Imran Zarkon, chief of provincial disaster management, said 14 died there in the past 24 hours, mainly when roofs collapsed amid heavy snowfall.

With rain and snowfall continuing in many parts of the country, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said it is expecting an increase in the death and injury tolls.

People walk on a road during heavy snow fall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on January 12, 2020.

Balochistan on Sunday imposed emergency in 7 districts of Balochistan following continuous heavy rain and snowfall across the province, ARY News reported.

Of the Afghan casualties, eight people were killed in southern Kandahar province, said Bahir Ahamdi, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Residents of the Afghan capital, Kabul, where temperatures dropped to -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit), abandoned driving and struggled to get to work on snow-covered roads.

It was not just frozen precipitation creating problems in the country.

Moreover, snowfall blocked the highway from Mehtarzai to Zhob and several vehicles have stranded in the severe cold weather at the inter-provincial highway with dozens of passengers including women and children.

Among the dead were a woman in the town of Jhang who was killed when the roof of her home caved in during heavy rain, Dunya News reported. The severe weather also paralyzed highways and led to power outages, as emergency workers scrambled to provide assistance to those trapped in snow-hit areas.

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