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Thousands Dead or Missing in Afghanistan Landslide

Posted by feww on May 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
MEGA LANDSLIDE

MAJOR DISASTER
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UPDATE 23:55UTC

At least 2,500 people are feared dead after the two landslides in NE Afghanistan.


 

UPDATE 14:00UTC

  • Some 2,185 people are confirmed dead and more than 4,000 others displaced.
  • The landslide site has been designated as a ‘mass grave’ by the provincial governor of Badakhshan province.
  • More than 1,000 houses have been destroyed or affected by the massive landslide

Mega landslide kills  2,185 people, buries scores of homes in NE Afghanistan

Hundreds of homes were buried in mud, rocks and derbies and hundreds more  affected by a mega landslide after extreme rain events caused a section of a mountain to collapse in the remote, mountainous Badakhshan province, NE Afghanistan.

The landslide has buried entire villages and left thousands of people homeless according to the UN mission in Afghanistan.

The disaster is the latest in a series of calamities caused by extreme rain events and flooding in which hundreds of people  in north and east Afghanistan have perished.

“There were more than 1,000 families living in that village. A total of 2,100 people – men, women and children – are trapped,” a spokesman for the provincial governor told Reuters.

“As the part of the mountain which collapsed is so big, we don’t believe anyone would survive. The government and locals from surrounding villagers are helping with the rescue, and so far they have recovered more then a hundred bodies.”

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