MANSEHRA At least 51 people died when avalanches hit many houses in different areas of Kohistan district on Wednesday. Due to heavy snowfall, the avalanches rolled over many houses in Katlawag, Sari and Dara areas of Kohistan district and buried the residents alive. The residents of the area said that so far 38 bodies had been recovered from the debris and rescue operation was underway wherein the locals were taking part. Heavy snowfall and rains have been continued in Kohistan district for the last many days. District Coordination officer (DCO), Kohistan, Amin-ul-Haq told media persons that 51 people died in the gory incident. He said local people were involved in the rescue operation, as police couldnt reach because of the blockade of the roads in the area. The DCO said Provincial Disaster Management Authority would launch rescue operation in the area as soon as the weather conditions became better. He said that helicopter would carry the food, blankets and tents to the affected area and would airlift the injured to the hospitals, as rescue efforts were being hindered due to four to five feet snow. District Police Officer, Kohistan, Muhammad Ilyas said that incident occurred in the wee hours of Thursday. He said Commissioner Hazara had been requested to send helicopters for rescue operation. Agencies add: DPO Kohistan Muhammad Ilyas said the incident happened on Wednesday night when an avalanche hit dozens of houses in Saheri village in Bagrodara area in tehsil Kandian. The avalanches hit Kundian village... We fear that some women and children were also trapped, said police official Mohammad Sadiq, adding that four houses were completely buried and other buildings were badly damaged. Kundian village, about 75 kilometres from Dasu, is cut off with no phone or communication links, police said. There is about five to seven feet of snow around the village and in the mountains - rescue workers are facing a lot of problems, said Shams Ur Rehman, a police official at the main control room in Dasu. One has to travel 50 kilometres on foot to reach this village. There is no communication system or telephone facility. Police are there, rescue teams are there, and the government is also sending helicopters to the area, he added.