At least 52 people have been killed in a landslide in a remote part of north-eastern .
Shah Waliullah Adeeb, the governor of Badakhshan province, said the landslide happened in Khawhan district, near the border with Tajikistan, early on Tuesday.
He said the area was isolated, about 124 miles (200km) from the provincial capital, Faizabad.
Adeeb added that the only way to reach the area, now covered with snow, was by helicopter. Badakhshan is one of the poorest and least developed regions of Afghanistan and regularly suffers 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.