Deadly snow storm hits Afghanistan, Pakistan


More than 54 people are dead after a mix of heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods hit parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On Monday, authorities struggled to reopen highways and evacuate people, according to the Associated Press, with some parts of Afghanistan buried in up to six inches of snow.

In Pakistan, most of the deaths have been attributed to the collapse of roofs amid heavy snowfall. In Afghanistan, flash floods have destroyed at least 131 residential homes.

While Kabul’s snowy period can last from the beginning of December to the end of March, accumulation tends to be very low. At its snowiest, Afghanistan’s capital typically gets about 9mm of snow per day, making the recent snowfall much more significant.