10 killed in Pakistan avalanches – officials


PESHAWAR, Pakistan: At least 10 people were killed and three more trapped beneath thick snow after two avalanches crashed into a village and a border post in northern Pakistan on Sunday, officials said. Disaster struck the village of Shershal in Chitral district, with four women and four children among the dead. The avalanche hit eight homes at around 3:00 am, said Sheema Ayub Khan, a spokeswoman for the Disaster Management Authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She said three people had been rescued from the snow while at least three more were still trapped. The region has been hit by heavy snowfall that is four feet (1.2 meters) deep in some places. Shahab Hameed, a senior administration official in the area, confirmed the death toll, adding that most of the area’s roads had been blocked. “We are trying to reopen the roads and help people,” he said.


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