Major disaster struck the Afghan northern province of Badakhshan on Friday. After an initial landslide which resulted in the loss of 117 lives, a second landslide occurred, which is feared to have buried more than 2,000 people.
President Hamid Karzai has offered his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims. The President has ordered recovery efforts and immediate assistance to the areas affected by the catastrophe. A high-ranking Government delegation is travelling to the province. According to the United Nations, more than 350 bodies have been recovered thus far.
Rescue teams were sifting through the mud which had buried hundreds of homes, when part of a mountain collapsed following torrential rains. Tragically, this second mudslide killed early responders to the scene. Nonetheless, people from surrounding districts and provinces continue to rush to the area to help with the rescue.
Due to the sheer size of the affected area and its remote location, heavy machinery and modern equipment will be desperately needed in the rescue.
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