Sunday 25 January 2015

Landslide kills 350 and leaves 2,000 missing

Associated Press

Published 03/05/2014 | 02:30

Afghan villagers gather at the site of the landslide in Badakhshan province.

A LANDSLIDE triggered by heavy rain buried large sections of a remote northeastern Afghanistan village yesterday, killing at least 350 people and leaving more than 2,000 missing.

Villagers looked on helplessly and the governor appealed for shovels to help dig through the mass of mud that flattened every home in its path.

The mountainous area in Badakhshan province has experienced days of heavy rain and flooding, and the side of a cliff collapsed on to Hobo Barik village around midday. Landslides are frequent in Afghanistan, but yesterday's was one of the deadliest.

Governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb said more than 2,000 people were missing after the landslide buried some 300 homes – about a third of all the houses in the area.

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