At least nine people were killed and three trapped when a giant avalanche of snow crashed into a village in northern Pakistan on Sunday, officials said.
Disaster struck the village of Shershal in the district of Chitral, 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 metres) deep in some places.
Shahab Hameed, a senior administration official in the area, confirmed the death toll, adding that most of the region’s roads had been blocked.
“We are trying to reopen the roads and help people,” he said.
Based on the available information from the natives and relatives in the area, all nine deceased belong to Ismaili Muslim community. Inna lillahi wa inallah-e-raji’oon / We belong to God and to Him we shall return.
1-Wife of Khush Nazir
2-Daughter of Khush Nazir
3-Ahmed son of Khush Nazir
4-Shapir Khan father of Hussain Khan
5-Wife of Hussain Khan
6-Hussain Khan’s daughter-in-law
7-Wife of Didar Ali
9-Sohrab son of Didar Ali.
These are names and relatives of injured Didar Ali.
Reported by Maqsood Ali Khan and Akhtar Ali Khan.
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