Survivors of deadly Afghan landside line up to receive aid
Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 01:19
May 4 - Afghan survivors say they're worried about another possible landslide as international aid groups began assisting thousands of locals who've lost their homes. Mana Rabiee reports.
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In the Afghan village of Abi-Barak, survivors of a massive landslide scramble to get aid.
Friday's landslide in this remote part of northeast Afghanistan swallowed at least 300 mud brick homes, and an untold number of people with it.
At least 350 people are believed to be dead although some groups say the number is closer to 2,100.
(SOUNDBITE) (Uzbaki) BIBI KHANIM, WHO SURVIVED THE LANDSLIDE; SAYING:
"I have lost five members of my family, their names are Kaoki, Arab Gul, Akbar, Baqir and Murtaza."
The aid effort is still in its early stages.
The U.N., the U.S., the Afghan government, and other groups, are helping thousands of displaced people.
Still not enough for some of the villagers, who say they're still at risk.
(SOUNDBITE) (Dari) PAIKAR KHAN, RESIDENT OF THE AREA; SAYING:
"Around 300 houses are under threat of another landslide. Also the needy people of this area not receiving proper assistance from the government and other organizations."
Rescuers have given up hope of finding anyone still alive under this sea of mud.
The focus now in this impoverished border region of Afghanistan is on helping the survivors.
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