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At least 10 dead, 300 homes destroyed as landslide hits Afghan village

REUTERS
Published : Jul 12, 2018, 2:32 pm IST
Updated : Jul 12, 2018, 2:31 pm IST

Two helicopters with rescue team, emergency aid flew to northeastern province of Panjshir where disaster struck on Wednesday night.

Several regions of Afghanistan regularly suffer landslides when the snow melts in the spring, but deforestation in some parts has increased their frequency. (Photo: Representational/AP)
 Several regions of Afghanistan regularly suffer landslides when the snow melts in the spring, but deforestation in some parts has increased their frequency. (Photo: Representational/AP)

Kabul: A landslide destroyed nearly 300 homes, killing at least 10 people, as it swept through an Afghan village where residents were using only basic digging tools to search for survivors, officials said.

Two helicopters with a rescue team and emergency aid flew to the northeastern province of Panjshir where disaster struck on Wednesday night, officials said.

Top priority was to save those trapped in the debris after the landslide hit Peshghor village in Khenj district, Omar Mohammadi, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said on Thursday (July 11).

Several regions of Afghanistan regularly suffer landslides when the snow melts in the spring, but deforestation in some parts has increased their frequency.

President Ashraf Ghani, in Brussels for the Nato summit, ordered authorities to provide victims with necessary assistance, his office said in a statement.

Tags: afghan president ashraf ghani, rescue team, landslide
Location: Afghanistan, Kabol, Kabul