Friday, 2 May 2014

Hundreds missing in Afghan landslide

At least 250 people are missing after a landslide buried villages in northern Afghanistan, as emergency relief teams rushed to the area to search for survivors.

"About 250 to 400 people are missing," Badakhshan province deputy governor, Gul Mohammad Baidaar said on Friday.

"About 350 to 400 houses were destroyed in Argo district as a result of heavy rains that triggered landslides.

He said the death toll isn't known but rescuers were heading to the scene where they would recover bodies and search for survivors.

"We don't have any more information for now, as the network connection is poor in that part of the province," he said.

Badakhshan is a remote province in northeast Afghanistan bordering Tajikistan, China and Pakistan.

"The information that we received from our offices says around 600 families live in Aab Bareek village of Argo," said Mohammad Daim Kakar, head of the National Disaster Management Authority in Kabul.

"Over the past couple of days there were rains in this remote village, and it was followed by landslides.

"As a result, 250 families in the village were affected, and our sources say 300 to 500 people are missing.

"Around 400 people were rescued, some left the area beforehand, fearing the risks of landslides."

Friday 02 May 2014


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