Afghan official says some 2,000 people missing after landslide buries a northeast village

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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 12:34 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A provincial governor in northeastern Afghanistan says some 2,000 people are missing after a landslide struck a village today.

The governor of Badakshan province says heavy rains caused a hillside to collapse, burying 300 homes, which is about a third of all houses in the area.

The governor is appealing for shovels. He says rescue crews are working to find survivors but don't have enough equipment.

The rest of the village has been evacuated out of fear of more landslides.

Badakshan province is nestled in the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges and borders China. It's one of the most remote provinces in Afghanistan.

Avalanches are a regular occurrence in northern Afghanistan's rugged mountains. The most deadly in recent years occurred in February 2010, when more than 170 people were killed at the Salang Pass, the major route through the Hindu Kush mountains.

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