More than 2,100 confirmed dead in Afghanistan landslide - official

by Reuters
Saturday, 3 May 2014 06:56 GMT

KABUL, May 3 (Reuters) - More than 2,100 are confirmed to have been killed after a landslide crashed into a remote mountain village in northeast Afghanistan, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on Saturday.

"More then 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.

(Reporting by Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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