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Landslide kills 52 people in Badakhshan

(Last Updated On: April 28, 2015)

Afghanistan Landslide

Landslide in remote northeastern Badakhshan province has killed at least 52 people, officials said on Tuesday.

Shah Waliullah Adeeb, the governor of Badakhshan province, said the landslide happened in Khawhan district, near the border with Tajikistan, early on Tuesday.

He said the area was isolated, about 124 miles (200km) from the provincial capital, Faizabad.

Adeeb added that the only way to reach the area, now covered with snow, was by helicopter.

There are no roads leading to it and “the only way to reach it is by helicopter,” he added. “We won’t be able to get there today. We are preparing to go to the area and are waiting for the choppers to take us there.”

Remote Badakhshan province is one of poorest in the country and regularly devastated by landslips when snows begin to melt.

In early May last year, at least 350 people were buried by a mudslide in the same province. Badakhshan is in the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges and borders both Tajikistan and at its most eastern point, China.

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