Over 130 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan Jan 15, 2020 0 1091 12345 AFPIslamabadAvalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather has killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, officials said on Tuesday, as authorities struggled to reach people stranded by heavy snowfall.At least 93 people died and 76 were injured across Pakistan -- with several still missing -- while a further 39 were killed in Afghanistan, according to officials in both countries.Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.Pakistani Kashmir was the worst-hit area, with 62 people killed and 10 others missing, the State Disaster Management Authority said in a statement. In the picturesque but conflict-riven Neelum Valley in Kashmir, heavy snowfall triggered several avalanches, including one that killed at least 19 people.“An avalanche hit their village, 10 people are still missing,” the SDMA said.Frequent avalanches and landslides occur in Kashmir during the winter, often blocking roads and leaving communities isolated.Authorities have shuttered schools, while several highways and roads were closed across the country’s northern mountainous areas, according to officials.“The severe snowfalls and landslides in AJK have caused misery & deaths,” tweeted Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, referring to the part of Kashmir controlled by Islamabad. To the southeast, in Balochistan province, at least 31 people had been killed in separate weather-related incidents.“Most of those who died were women and children,” said Mohammad Younus, an official with the provincial disaster management authority, adding that hundreds remained stranded.Across the border in Afghanistan, more than 300 houses were either destroyed or partially damaged throughout the country, said Ahmad Tamim Azimi a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Management Authority.“A cold snap, heavy snowfall and rains that started two weeks ago have caused damage,” he said, adding that most casualties were caused after roofs collapsed under thick snow. RELATED ARTICLES Tens of thousands Filipinos in limbo as volcano could spew lava, ash for weeks Jan 15, 2020 0 758 JAPANESE PREMIER ABE WRAPS UP GULF TOUR IN OMAN Jan 15, 2020 0 656 House to vote today to send Impeachment case to Senate, says Pelosi Jan 15, 2020 0 1112 Malaysia drops sex assault probe of PM-in-waiting Anwar Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will not face charges over claims he sexually assaulted a male former aide, prosecutors said on Tuesday, the latest such scandal to tarnish the veteran .. Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills nine in China Beijing: An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said on Tuesday. Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the .. US slaps sanctions over North Korea overseas workers Washington: The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two companies for exploiting North Korean overseas labour after a UN deadline to return workers who bring vital revenue to the regime. The Treasury .. Kerala challenges Indian citizenship law in top court DPA New Delhi India’s southern state of Kerala on Tuesday became the first in the country to legally challenge a new citizenship law that has sparked nationwide protests. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 is a .. Ireland to hold early election on Feb 8, says PM Varadkar Dublin: Ireland will go to the polls next month in an early general poll, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday, as he seeks to capitalise on a successful Brexit deal and restored power-sharing in Northern Ireland. .. Russia hacked company key to Trump’s impeachment, says security firm Washington: Russia’s military spy agency hacked a Ukrainian gas company linked to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, a California-based cybersecurity company said on Tuesday. Starting in November, .. US sanctions lead to shortages of cooking gas in Cuba Havana: Cuba is suffering from shortages of cooking gas due to US sanctions on the island, the state oil company Union Cubapetroleo has said. Sanctions that were announced in November on the state energy company .. Microsoft CEO critical of new India citizenship law New Delhi: Microsoft’s chief executive hit out at the government of his native India and joined criticism of a new citizenship law. Speaking at an event in New York, Microsoft boss Satya Nadella implied the law could stop a ..