Police officers and local residents dig out more bodies of victims of avalanches in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Wednesday, January 15.
READ MORE: The death toll from days of bad weather now stands at 76 in Kashmir, and at least 100 across the country, according to a statement from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
A spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, Brigadier Waseem ud Din, told VOA’s Urdu Service most of the deaths have been reported in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir due to heavy snow that caused avalanches.
Most were killed in Kashmir’s picturesque Neelum Valley, which had been hard hit by avalanches earlier in the week, said operations director of the Kashmiri disaster management authority Saeed ur Rehamn Qureshi.
Some 24 people were killed in heavy snowfall in other parts of the country, the NDMA said.
Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday visited some of the injured in a hospital in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Authorities have shuttered schools, while several highways and roads were closed across the country’s northern mountainous areas, according to officials.