Afghan Landslide Village Now a 'Cemetery'
More than 2K are feared dead
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2014 12:29 PM CDT
Afghans search for survivors after Friday's landslide buried Abi-Barik village in Badakhshan province.   (AP Photo/Gulrahim Niazman)

(Newser) – An Afghanistan village buried in a landslide yesterday is now considered a "cemetery," says a government official in Badakhshan province. The last of the rescuers gave up hope today of finding survivors in the mud that devastated the village of Abi Barik in the mountainous and remote northeast, reports the BBC. It will take some time to figure out how many were killed, with estimates ranging between 350 and 2,700, reports Reuters. The focus now will shift to providing help for the estimated 4,000 people without shelter.

"The scale of this landslide is absolutely devastating, with an entire village practically wiped away," says an official with the International Organization for Migration. "Hundreds of families have lost everything and are in immense need of assistance." Many of those killed were at their houses trying to get things in order after an earlier, smaller landslide. The area has been deluged with rain of late.

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May 4, 2014 7:13 AM CDT
After already spending 3 trillion dollars there, thousands of U S lives,and failed efforts to bring them to the 21st century, I hope we don't waste another dime on those worthless waste of humanity. let them take care of their own the best they can.
May 3, 2014 7:39 PM CDT
One more time the misery strikes the poorest. I hope that their leaders won't turn it against us, like everything else.
May 3, 2014 2:36 PM CDT
This is what happens when the atmosphere holds more moisture due to global warming.