At least 16 people, including two women, have been killed and five others injured in avalanches on Saturday night in Parwan province, officials confirmed.
Mohammad Amin Haidari, Parwan provincial head of disaster management, told TOLOnews that the avalanches occurred in Shahi Khail area of Siagard district and Fazil area of Surkh Parsa district.
According to Haidari seven members of one family were killed.
Several houses and a mosque were also destroyed in the avalanches, Haidari added.
Haidari said that due to heavy snow storms and avalanches there is a high possibility of more avalanches, but that efforts are underway to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need.
Following heavy snowfall in many parts of the country in the past few days, including Kabul, government on Sunday declared the day a public holiday.
Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled Nasrin Oriakhail, in phone call with TOLOnews, said that because of the amount of snow in the past 24 hours an emergency had been declared.
The holiday is however applicable countrywide.