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Apr 30, 10:14 AM EDT

Afghan official: Hundreds live in the open after landslide


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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says hundreds of people are forced to live in the open, two days after a massive landslide in the remote northeast destroyed an entire village, killing at least 52.

Sayed Humayun Dhkhan from the National Disaster Management Authority in Badakhshan province said Thursday that more than 800 people in Khawahan district have no roof over their head and are sleeping outside.

He says 237 houses in Juerm Balla village were wiped out. Roads remain blocked and the first relief drops from army helicopters are expected later in the day or on Friday.

Dhkhan says there's concern about sickness outbreaks, especially among children and the elderly.

Badakhshan is among the poorest and least-developed regions of Afghanistan, regularly suffering huge landslides when snow begins to melt in the spring.

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