03 May 2014 – Kabul, Afghanistan – One of the biggest natural disaster of this year, Landslide in the northern Afghanistan may have claimed more than 2500 human life along with thousands of cattle and animal. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs put the number of fatalities at 350.
More than 2,000 people were feared dead or trapped after a landslide smashed into a village in a remote mountainous area of Afghanistan on Friday, local officials said, prompting a massive search and rescue effort.
The landslide crashed into the northeastern village in Argo district at around 11am as villagers were trying to recover their belongings and livestock after a smaller landslip had hit the area a few hours earlier.
“There were more than 1,000 families living in that village. A total of 2,100 people — men, women and children — are trapped,” said Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan governor. He said the death toll could reach 2,500. “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 than a hundred bodies.”
At least 100 people were being treated for injuries, according to Colonel Abdul Qadeer Sayad, a deputy police chief of Badakhshan province.
Source: KT Via Reuters