2,100 killed in Afghanistan landslide

The United Nations says the focus is now on the more than 4,000 displaced by Friday’s disaster

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More than 2,100 are confirmed to have been killed after a landslide crashed into a remote mountain village in northeast Afghanistan, Reuters reported a spokesman for the provincial governor as saying on Saturday.

“More than 2,100 people from 300 families are all dead,” Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor, told Reuters.

The United Nations said the focus was now on the more than 4,000 displaced by Friday’s disaster. There is a risk of further landslides in the area, officials say.

Initially, the United Nations said on Friday that the death toll was at least 350 people.

Meanwhile, an Afghan official said rescuers and hundreds of residents from nearby areas are trying to help people in the small village, The Associated Press reported.

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

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

(With Reuters and Associated Press)