Huge landslide traps thousands in northern Afghanistan

Thousands believed to be trapped under massive landslide in northern Afghanistan as search and rescue efforts get under way

Thousands believed to be trapped under massive landslide in northern Afghanistan as search and rescue efforts get under way

KABUL - Around 2,500 people are trapped after a massive landslide in northern Afghanistan, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance of Afghanistan said late Friday.

The directorate said in a statement that heavy rain over the last few days in the province of Badakhshan caused the landslide in the Aab Barik village in the Argoy district and had also closed the main highway that connects Takhar province with Badakhshan.

Approximately 300 houses have been consumed by the landslide the statement added and at least 700 more families have evacuated the area due to the danger of more landslides.

The directorate passed on their condolences and assured the people of Badakhshan that they are trying their best to co-ordinate the rescue efforts.

Meanwhile, Dawlat Waziri, deputy spokesman for Afghanistan's ministry of defense, told Anadolu Agency that a unit of the Afghan National Army had arrived in the village to help with the search and rescue.

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