A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains wiped out a village in Northeast Afghan province of Badhakshan, killing at least 2,700 people, an official said.
Badakshan province Gov. Shah Waliullah Adeeb said more than 2,000 people were missing after a hill collapsed on the village of Hobo Barik. He said the landslide buried more than 300 homes in the village.
According to Fazluddin Ayyar, Police Chief of Badakhshan Province the incident took place around 12:00 pm local time and Afghan security forces and rescue teams have been deployed to the area to assist the local residents.
Landslide follows days of heavy rain and devastating flooding in Badakhshan province. Last week, a total of 100 people were killed and more than 7,000 were displaced by flash floods in four northern provinces. Afghanistan’s northern and central areas suffer heavy rainfall in the spring.