Thousands Feared Dead Following Landslide in Afghanistan

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Thousands Feared Dead Following Landslide in Afghanistan

"As the part of the mountain which collapsed is so big, we don't believe anyone would survive," said government spokesperson.

Thousands of people are feared dead following a landslide in Afghanistan triggered by heavy rain.

The disaster struck Friday in the Argo district of Badakhshan in northeastern Afghanistan when part of a mountain collapsed, burying the village below.

Wire services are currently reporting a death toll of at least 350 people, and with 2,000 still missing, many fear the death toll could rise significantly.

Government officials say the landslide could have buried up to 2,500 people.

"As the part of the mountain which collapsed is so big, we don't believe anyone would survive," Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor, told Reuters.

"There have now been more Afghans killed through natural disasters in the past seven days than all of 2013," stated Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press has uploaded this raw video of the scene:

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