At least 67 dead in avalanches in Pakistan, India- government officials
A boy clears a snow-covered roof of his family house after a heavy snowfall in Neelum Valley near line of control (LoC), Pakistan, Jan 13, 2020. REUTERS
At least 67 people were killed and others were missing after avalanches in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said on Tuesday.
In neighbouring India, at least 10 people were killed after several avalanches hit the northern-part of Indian-administered Kashmir.
Two Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded in the avalanches in the Neelum valley area following heavy rains that also triggered landslides.
Many people were reported missing and feared dead as rescue efforts got under way, one of the officials said.
A senior Indian police official said five soldiers were among the 10 killed near the border between India and Pakistan.
The area is one of the world's most militarily tense frontiers, where the neighbouring armies have confronted each other over disputed territory for decades.
Kashmir has been divided between Indian and Pakistan since their independence in 1947 and for decades tension on the border has left tens of thousands dead.
In 2012, an avalanche engulfed a Pakistani army battalion headquarters near the Indian border killing at least 124 soldiers and 11 civilians. -- Source : Reuters