2K Missing After Afghan Landslide

UN confirms at least 350 deaths so far
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2014 12:18 PM CDT
2K Missing After Afghan Landslide
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A huge landslide in northeast Afghanistan is already registering catastrophic casualties. The UN says at least 350 people are dead, reports AP, and authorities say about 2,000 are missing. Mud and rocks buried homes in a remote, mountainous area of Badakhshan province near the border with China, following days of heavy rain. The BBC's correspondent estimates that 300 homes were buried immediately and that hundreds more are endangered. "There were more than 1,000 families living in that village," a spokesperson for the Badakhshan governor tells Reuters. "A total of 2,100 people—men, women, and children—are trapped." (More Afghanistan stories.)

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