Afghans wait to receive relief food after landslide in Badakhshan province, northern Afghanistan, May 4,2014. An official delegation led by Afghan first vice president Mohammad Youns Qanooni paid a visit to the site of a massive landslide in the northeastern mountainous province of Badakhshan on Sunday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
KABUL, May 4 (Xinhua) -- An official delegation led by Afghan first vice president Mohammad Youns Qanooni paid a visit to the site of a massive landslide in the northeastern mountainous province of Badakhshan on Sunday.
On Friday, a deadly mudslide turned Aab Bareek village into a mass grave as it is very difficult to excavate and recover the bodies from thick mud.
Although there is no official death toll, Badakhshan's provincial governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb told Xinhua that more than 2,500 people might have lost their lives in the landslide.
To pay homage to the victims, the government has declared Sunday as national mourning day, asking government buildings and Afghan diplomatic missions abroad to fly the national flag at half mast.
Feature: Terrified survivors hopelessly looking for dears in landslide-hit Afghan village
ARGO, Afghanistan, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Scores of villagers who survived the deadly landslide in the mountainous Badakhshan province are wandering at the site of the natural disaster to locate their nears and dears who were buried alive when thousands of tons of mud and earth struck Aab Bareek village on Friday.
"I am searching to locate and discover my wife along with four children who are missing since Friday noon," Pir Qul, 50, told Xinhua at the site of the natural disaster on Saturday. Full story
EU says ready to provide assistance to landslide-hit Afghanistan
BRUSSELS, May 3 (Xinhua) - The European Union on Saturday said it is following closely the situation in landslide-hit Afghanistan and is ready to provide assistance.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and European commissioner for humanitarian aid Kristalina Georgieva are deeply concerned about and saddened by the devastating landslide in northern Afghanistan. Full story
Albania sends condolences to Afghanistan on landslide
TIRANA, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Albania on Saturday offered condolences to Afghanistan over a deadly landslide.
In a press release, the Albanian Foreign Ministry expressed deep sorrow at the tragedy occurred Friday in the province of Badakhshan, in northeast Afghanistan, where hundreds of people were killed, many others were injured or presumed dead in the landslide. Full story
255 bodies recovered in N. Afghan deadly landslide: official
ARGO, Afghanistan, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Up to 255 bodies were recovered and identified from Friday's massive landslide in northern Afghan province of Badakhshan, sources said on Saturday.
"A total of 255 bodies, including children and women, were found. They were identified," Provincial Director of Disaster Management Department Sayyed Abdullah Homayyon Dehqan told Xinhua at the site. Full story