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Hundreds missing as landslide hits Afghan villages

Published on May 2, 2014 11:19 PM

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (AFP) - At least 250 people were missing after a landslide buried villages in northern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, as emergency relief teams rushed to the area to search for survivors.

“About 250 to 400 people are missing,” Badakhshan province deputy governor Gul Mohammad Baidaar told AFP.

“About 350 to 400 houses were destroyed in Argo district as a result of heavy rains that triggered landslides.

“The death toll is not known but it might increase as officials go to the scene along with rescue teams to recover bodies,” he said.

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