Military helicopters flew rescue missions for a fourth day running in an avalanche-hit area of Pakistan-administered Kashmir as the death toll from the disaster rose to 77, officials said.

Khursheed Mir, a disaster management official in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, told Al Jazeera that relief and rescue operations were continuing in the Himalayan region of Neelum Valley on Friday.

More than 100 people have died after avalanches and landslides hit Neelam Valley in the Himalayan region, also claimed by India, and Balochistan province as the South Asian nation witnessed its worst winter in decades.

The latest victim of the avalanches in Neelum Valley was a six-year-old girl, Safia, who died in hospital on Thursday.


The child had been pulled out alive on Tuesday after being buried for close to

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