KUNDUZ  - At least 16 people were killed in an avalanche in Afghanistan’s Wakhan corridor, a remote finger of land that extends to the east of the mountainous country, officials said Thursday. Another four people were missing and presumed dead after snow engulfed houses in Baroghil village on Wednesday, Abdul Maroof Rasekh, the provincial governor of Badakhshan told AFP. “The 20 people who were killed were members of one family who lived in several houses,” he said.  The area is in the Pamir mountains, 350 kilometres (220 miles) from the provincial capital Faizabad, and poor conditions meant access was only possible by air transport. Afghanistan has been experiencing its harshest winter in around two decades.

, with more than 100 people killed in two previous avalanches elsewhere in Badakhshan province.