Voice of America
May 3, 2014
Afghan rescuers and volunteers dug through meters of mud Saturday in a desperate search for survivors or bodies of those caught in Friday’s massive landslide in the remote northeast.
Figures on the number of people killed ranged from a few hundred to more than 2,000. Officials say the landslide, triggered by heavy rains, buried some 300 homes in Badakhshan province. The devastating landslide hit after a smaller landslide a few hours earlier.
Fears of more landslides have complicated rescue efforts, with officials saying the depth of the mud will likely make it impossible to bring out more bodies, turning the area into a mass grave.
The focus now is shifting to meeting the food, water and other needs of the thousands of people displaced or evacuated because of the disaster.
U.S. President Barack Obama offered condolences to the Afghan people Friday and said U.S. forces stand ready to help.
Badakhshan — bordering Tajikistan, China and Pakistan — is one of Afghanistan’s most remote provinces.