Omar Mohammadi, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority, said that 16 people were also injured in 25 provinces in Afghanistan.

Approximately 20 homes have been destroyed by avalanches and almost 50 others heavily damaged.

Dozens of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan were killed after heavy snow and avalanches over the weekend.

Five people are reported to have died from collapsed roofs there.

In neighbouring Pakistan, at least 13 people have been killed after the northern district of Chitral was hit by a deluge of snow on Saturday.

Parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan are struggling with heavy snow as dozens of people were reported killed and major highways were closed.

Officials are warning of more avalanches as snow storms are continuing.

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The snow and ice has forced the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to close and over 200 motorists have been rescued along the Kabul-Kandahar highway, the BBC reports.

"Fortunately we arrived on time and there is not a single casualty", he said, noting that officials expected the road to reopen quickly.

In Pakistan, numerous deaths were reported in the village of Shershal in Chitral district.

Several homes were destroyed in the town, and more people were feared trapped under the snow. The power supply was also interrupted in some areas of the capital.

In the Khyber tribal district on the Afghan border in the north-west, three children were killed and two women injured when the roof of their house collapsed in heavy rain.

Last month, heavy snowfall and freezing cold claimed the lives of 27 children, all under the age of five, in the remote district of Darzab in the northern province of Jawzjan.


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