250 feared dead, 2,000 missing in Afghan landslide

(USA TODAY) -- A landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village in northeastern Afghanistan Friday, leaving as many as 250 people feared dead and 2,000 missing, according to provincial and local officials.

Dozens remained trapped under rocks, according to Badakshan Provincial police chief, Fazluddin Hayar, the Khaama Press (KP) Afghan News Agency reports.

The landslide occurred about 1 p.m. Friday when a hill collapsed on the village of Hobo Bank, said Badakshan province Gov. Shah Waliullah Adeeb.

He said authorities evacuated a nearby village over concerns about further landslides.

More than 300 homes -- about a third of all the dwellings there -- have been buried, he said, the Associated Press reports.

The governor said rescue crews were working but didn't have enough equipment, particularly shovels.

"It's physically impossible right now," he said. "We don't have enough shovels; we need more machinery."

Badakshan province, nestled in the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges and bordering China, is one of the most remote in the country. The area has seen few attacks from insurgents following the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Contributing: Associated Press


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