|People watch the rescue operations in Aab Bareek, Badakhshan, Afghanistan, May 3, 2014. A massive landslide hit a village in northern Afghan Badakhshan province on Friday, causing heavy casualties, but the exact number of deaths and injuries remained unknown Saturday as officials here released contradictory numbers. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
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FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, May 2 (Xinhua) -- More than 2,500 people were feared dead in a landslide in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan on Friday, the provincial governor said.
"We estimate that more than 2,500 were missing. It is feared that most of the missing people were died as more than 20 meters of debris covered the houses in a small village," Governor Shah Wali Adib told Xinhua.
The incident occurred in a village in the Aab Bareek area of Argu district, four-hour drive from the provincial capital Faizabad city.
"A massive hill was collapsed 11:00 a.m. Friday. It occurred after recent heavy rains. After eight hours of rescue operations in parts of the village, only three bodies were found. Over 100 injured were shifted to hospitals," he said.
Hundreds reportedly killed in Afghan landslide
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, May 2 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 villagers were feared dead Friday following a landslide in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan, authorities said.
"Following recent heavy rains a landslide hit a village in the Aab Bareek area of Argu district Friday morning. More than 200 people are believed to have been killed," local official Fazlludin Ayar told Xinhua. Full story