Deadly snow storm hits Afghanistan, Pakistan

More than 54 people are dead after a mix of heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods hit parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On Monday, authorities struggled to reopen highways and evacuate people, according to the Associated Press, with some parts of Afghanistan buried in up to six inches of snow.

In Pakistan, most of the deaths have been attributed to the collapse of roofs amid heavy snowfall. In Afghanistan, flash floods have destroyed at least 131 residential homes.

While Kabul’s snowy period can last from the beginning of December to the end of March, accumulation tends to be very low. At its snowiest, Afghanistan’s capital typically gets about 9mm of snow per day, making the recent snowfall much more significant.

A vendor removes snow from his stall after heavy snowfall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left more than 54 dead, officials said Monday as authorities struggled to clear and reopen highways and evacuate people to safer places. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
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A vendor removes snow from his stall after heavy snowfall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left more than 54 dead, officials said Monday as authorities struggled to clear and reopen highways and evacuate people to safer places. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
Internally displaced Afghan boys and girls pose for a photograph after a snowstorm at a camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Kabul has been experiencing below freezing weather and snow. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Internally displaced Afghan boys and girls pose for a photograph after a snowstorm at a camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Kabul has been experiencing below freezing weather and snow. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
An internally displaced young Afghan woman cleans an alley outside her house on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Kabul has been experiencing below freezing weather and snow. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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An internally displaced young Afghan woman cleans an alley outside her house on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Kabul has been experiencing below freezing weather and snow. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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People walk on a snow-covered road in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left more than 54 dead, officials said Monday as authorities struggled to clear and reopen highways and evacuate people to safer places. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
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People walk on a snow-covered road in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left more than 54 dead, officials said Monday as authorities struggled to clear and reopen highways and evacuate people to safer places. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, people walk on a road during heavy snow fall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province. Much of the damage was caused in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province where Imran Zarkon, the head of provincial disaster management authority said 14 people were killed in the past 24 hours because of roofs amid winter's unusual snowfall, which also blocked highways and disrupted normal life. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
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In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, people walk on a road during heavy snow fall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province. Much of the damage was caused in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province where Imran Zarkon, the head of provincial disaster management authority said 14 people were killed in the past 24 hours because of roofs amid winter's unusual snowfall, which also blocked highways and disrupted normal life. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)
Players compete for the ball during a "snow rugby" tournament in a field after snowfall in Kabul on January 13, 2020. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)
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Players compete for the ball during a "snow rugby" tournament in a field after snowfall in Kabul on January 13, 2020. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

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