ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – At least 57 people died and others disappeared after avalanches in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in the last 24 hours, senior government officials said Tuesday.
In neighboring India, at least 10 people died after several avalanches hit the northern part of Kashmir administered by India.
Two Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded in the avalanches in the Neelum Valley area after heavy rains that also caused landslides.
Many people were reported missing and feared they would die as rescue efforts began, one of the officials said.
A senior Indian police official said five soldiers were among the 10 dead near the border between India and Pakistan.
The area is one of the most militarily tense borders in the world, where neighboring armies have faced each other in disputed territory for decades.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since its independence in 1947 and for decades the tension on the border has left tens of thousands dead.
In 2012, an avalanche enveloped the headquarters of a Pakistani army battalion near the border with India and killed at least 124 soldiers and 11 civilians.
Reports of Abu Arqam Naqash in Muzzafarabad, Gibran Peshimam in Islamabad, Fayaz Bukhari in Srinagar, Written by Rupam Jain; edition by John Stonestreet, William Maclean