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.Parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan struggled to dig out from heavy snow on Sunday, with dozens of people reported killed and some major highways closed.
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