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Rescuers struggle to help Afghans hit by landslide

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says rescuers and hundreds of residents from nearby areas are trying to help people in a small village in northeastern Afghanistan hit by a massive landslide.

Abdullah Homayun Dehqan the director of Badakshan province’s National Disaster Department says hundreds of local people have gathered near where the landslide hit Friday, armed with shovels.

But he said there are fears that another landslide might strike.

He said he did not have an exact figure on how many people were killed. The United Nations on Friday said at least 350 people were killed while the provincial governor said as many as 2,000 people were feared missing.

Rescuers have struggled to reach the remote area in northeastern Afghanistan. Heavy rains earlier this week contributed to the landslide.

Associated Press

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