Two Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded in the avalanches in the Neelum valley area following heavy rains that also triggered landslides (Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images).

AT LEAST 57 people were killed and others were missing after avalanches in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said on Tuesday (14).

In neighbouring India, at least 10 people were killed after several avalanches hit the northern-part of Kashmir.

Two Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded in the avalanches in the Neelum valley area following heavy rains that also triggered landslides.

Many people were reported missing and feared dead as rescue efforts got under way, one of the officials said.

A senior Indian police official said five soldiers were among the 10 killed near the border between India and Pakistan.

In 2012, an avalanche engulfed a Pakistani army battalion headquarters near the Indian border killing at least 124 soldiers and 11 civilians.