Up to 100 feared dead in deadly landslide in Afghanistan

June 11 2012AFGHANISTAN Scores of people are feared dead in an earthquake and landslide that buried 20 houses in northern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said. Details of the destruction were slow to emerge from the remote district. Rescuers have so far pulled two women’s bodies from the rubble of the landslide in Baghlan province and expect many others were buried, said provincial Gov. Abdul Majid. The U.N. confirmed one other death and said houses were destroyed across five districts. An earthquake measuring a magnitude 5.4 struck the Hindu Kush region Monday morning, followed by a 5.7 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Both were felt as far away as the Afghan capital, Kabul, where buildings shook. Baghlan province’s Burka district, the site of the landslide, is a remote collection of mountain villages. It takes more than two hours to drive the approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the provincial capital of Pul-e-Khumri to the area. There are no medical clinics in Burka, said Dr. Salim Rasouli, so medics and ambulances were sent from the nearest city. “Right now our doctors, nurses and ambulances are at the site, helping people. As there is no communication system there, we cannot get the latest information on the casualties right now,” Rasouli said. –ABC News 
Update: As many as 100 people are feared dead in an earthquake and landslide that buried more than 20 houses in northern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said. Rescuers have so far pulled two women’s bodies from the rubble of the landslide in Baghlan province, said provincial governor Abdul Majid. The UN confirmed one other death and said houses were destroyed across five districts. A massive landslide of mud and rocks buried houses so deep in the remote mountain village of Sayi Hazara that rescuers gave up trying to use shovels to dig through the buried buildings, said Jawed Basharat, a spokesman for the provincial police chief who was part of a team that examined the village after the slide. There were no visible signs of the buildings underneath . “We need bulldozers or other machinery to remove all this earth and get the bodies out, or the survivors if there are any,” he said. They knew how many houses were buried only from information provided by area residents, who said between 25 and 30 houses disappeared in the landslide. An earthquake measuring a magnitude 5.4 struck the Hindu Kush region Monday morning, followed by a 5.7 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Both were felt as far away as the Afghan capital, Kabul, where buildings shook. –Times of India
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4 Responses to Up to 100 feared dead in deadly landslide in Afghanistan

  1. Artoro says:

    Bless those who are injured or killed. It would be nice if I could just go and help them out.

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  2. Granny Bear says:

    5.6 Mw – HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN

    Preliminary Earthquake Report
    Magnitude 5.6 Mw
    Date-Time
    11 Jun 2012 05:29:14 UTC
    11 Jun 2012 09:59:14 near epicenter
    11 Jun 2012 00:29:14 standard time in your timezone
    Location 36.082N 69.316E
    Depth 31 km
    Distances
    159 km (99 miles) SW (225 degrees) of Feyzabad, Afghanistan
    168 km (104 miles) SE (140 degrees) of Shaartuz, Tajikistan
    174 km (108 miles) N (4 degrees) of KABUL, Afghanistan
    Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 11.2 km; Vertical 6.8 km
    Parameters Nph = 207; Dmin = 172.5 km; Rmss = 1.11 seconds; Gp = 32°
    M-type = Mw; Version = 9
    Event ID US b000acmf
    For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
    Event Page
    or
    USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
    National Earthquake Information Center
    U.S. Geological Survey
    http://neic.usgs.gov/
    _____________________________________________________________
    5.4 Mb – HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN

    Preliminary Earthquake Report
    Magnitude 5.4 Mb
    Date-Time
    11 Jun 2012 05:02:17 UTC
    11 Jun 2012 09:32:17 near epicenter
    11 Jun 2012 00:02:17 standard time in your timezone
    Location 36.048N 69.301E
    Depth 48 km
    Distances
    163 km (101 miles) SW (224 degrees) of Feyzabad, Afghanistan
    170 km (106 miles) SE (141 degrees) of Shaartuz, Tajikistan
    171 km (106 miles) N (4 degrees) of KABUL, Afghanistan
    Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 15.8 km; Vertical 10.6 km
    Parameters Nph = 119; Dmin = 880.5 km; Rmss = 1.02 seconds; Gp = 46°
    M-type = Mb; Version = 9
    Event ID US b000acm6
    For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
    Event Page
    or
    USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
    National Earthquake Information Center
    U.S. Geological Survey
    http://neic.usgs.gov/

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  3. Colleen says:

    I, too, share your sentiments. My heart goes out to those who are suffering. May God bless them.

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  4. Colleen says:

    I can’t believe there are hardly any comments on this earthquake.

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