An Afghan official said at least 52 people had been killed in a massive landslide in a remote part of northeastern Badakhshan province.
Shah Waliullah Adeeb, the provincial governor, said the landslide happened in Khawhan district, near the border with Tajikistan, early Tuesday.
He said the snowy area is extremely isolated, around 124 miles from the provincial capital of Faizabad, and that the "only way to reach it is by helicopter."
Badakhshan is one of the poorest and least developed regions of Afghanistan, and regularly suffers huge landslides when the snows begin to melt in spring.
In early May last year, at least 350 people were buried by a mudslide in the same province.