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Landslide hits Afghanistan, leaving 350 people dead

By Marcina Zaccaria,

People in Afghanistan are sifting through the devastation after a landslide leaves more than 2,000 trapped. The landslide hit an area of Northern Afghanistan on Friday at about 1 p.m.


At least 350 people are dead and many more are missing, according to Ari Gaitanis, a spokesman from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

"There were more than 1,000 families living in that village," Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan governor, told Reuters.

They believe that the heavy rain in the area was a major contributing factor for the landslide, causing the hill in the Hobo Barik to simply slip. Although rescue crews are working, there aren’t enough resources at the present time.

Badakhshan province Gov. Shah Waliullah Adeeb told the Associated Press, "It's physically impossible right now," Adeeb said. "We don't have enough shovels; we need more machinery."

Avalanches are not uncommon to citizens who live in Northern Afghanistan. Authorities believe that there could be as many as 2,000 people missing. Rescue crews will continue search efforts to try to find the missing people they might still be able to help.

 
 

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