"An avalanche hit their village, 10 people are still missing", the NDMA said. NDMA said four injured had been rescued from Neelum while work was now underway to rescue the remaining people. He added that Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan was personally overseeing the relief work being conducted in the province.
Meanwhile, five persons including two women were buried alive and three others injured, in two separate incidents of snow avalanches in the snow-clad Neelam valley of the AJK during the last 24 hours, official sources said.
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, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
Afghanistan is no stranger to extreme winter weather, during which various warring groups in the country have historically ceased hostilities, but this year has been particularly harsh, according to the country's metrological department.
Levies officials said that more than 500 passengers were stranded in Kan Mehtarzai area of Killa Saifullah district, where temperatures dipped to as low as -14°C while heavy snowfall and strong winds nearly buried cars on the main National Highway. Cloudy weather with light rain and snowfall over hills is expected in Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir.
Upper parts of the province Malakand and Hazara divisions received heavy snowfall, leading to the closure of main roads.
Eleven of the almost two dozen deaths were reported from Kashmir, seven from Punjab and three from Balochistan.
The death toll from snow-related deaths climbed to 83 on Tuesday as severe weather continued across the country bringing life to a standstill, Geo News reported. 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.
While the area is prone to weather disasters, the current toll is one of the deadliest in recent history.