Offbeat Afghan villagers search for survivors after landslide destroys nearly 300 homes

12:05  12 july  2018
12:05  12 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Along the base of this picturesque valley, where a massive chunk of earth cleaved from a neighboring mountain cascaded onto his and nearly 300 other homes on Residents of the Afghan village of Abi Barak searched for survivors of a landslide that killed hundreds of people as aid groups and the

Afghans search for survivors after a massive landslide landslide buried a village May 2 in northeastern Afghanistan . A hill collapsed on the village of Hobo Barik on Friday afternoon, burying nearly 300 homes — about a third of all houses in the area.

A landslide destroyed nearly 300 homes, killing at least 10 people, as it swept through an Afghan village where residents were using only basic digging tools to search for survivors, officials said.

Two helicopters with a rescue team and emergency aid flew to the northeastern province of Panjshir where disaster struck on Wednesday night, officials said.

Top priority was to save those trapped in the debris after the landslide hit Peshghor village in Khenj district, Omar Mohammadi, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said on Thursday.

Several regions of Afghanistan regularly suffer landslides when snow melts in the spring, but deforestation in some parts has increased their frequency.

President Ashraf Ghani, in Brussels for the NATO summit, ordered authorities to provide victims with necessary assistance, his office said in a statement.

(Reporting by Qadir Sediqi, Writing by Rupam Jain; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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