A landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village today in northeastern Afghanistan, leaving as many as 2,000 people missing, a top official said.
Badakhshan province Governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb said more than 2,000 people were missing after a hill collapsed on the village of Hobo Barik.
Adeeb said the landslide buried some 300 homes in the area — about a third of all houses there. The governor said rescue crews were working but didn’t have enough equipment, appealing for shovels. “It’s
physically impossible right now,” Adeeb said. “We don’t have enough shovels; we need more machinery.” He said authorities evacuated a nearby village over concerns about further landslides.
Faziluddin Hayar, the police chief in Badakhshan province, said the landslide happened about 1:00pm.
Badakhshan province, nestled in the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges and bordering China, is one of the most remote in the country.
At least 250 people were missing after a landslide buried villages in northern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, as emergency relief teams rushed to the area to search for survivors.
“The information that we received from our offices says around 600 families live in Aab Bareek village of Argo,” Mohammad Daim Kakar, head of the National Disaster Management Authority in Kabul, told AFP.
“Over the past couple of days, there were rains in this remote village, and it was followed by landslides. “Around 400 people were rescued, some left the area beforehand, fearing the risks of landslides.”
Flooding often occurs during the spring rainy season in northern Afghanistan, with flimsy mud houses offering little protection against rising water levels.
Two weeks ago, a landslide triggered by heavy rains and a small earthquake swept through two villages in the northern province of Takhar, killing four people and destroying around 100 houses.
In the last major flooding in Afghanistan, 40 people died in August in flash floods in eastern and southeastern provinces and some districts of the capital Kabul.