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    Rockslides displace dozens of Badakhshan families

    FAIZABAD (PAN): About 60 families have been displaced as a result of rockslides in northern Badakhshan province, officials said on Saturday.

    The families were displaced from the Pista Kalan village of Yaftal Payeen district due to rockslides over the last three days, Badakhshan Disaster Management Authority Director Sanauallah Amiri told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Some of the affected people had no shelter and other basic necessities, the director said, adding the central government had promised the dispatch tents and relief items.

    The Agha Khan Foundation has promised 30 tents and Red Crescent Society six. The World Food Programme (WFP) would donate food for the families, Amiri said.

    Director of Afghan Red Crescent Society in the province, Sayed Nasir Himmat said they would provide blankets, utensils and other stuff for the victims. They have already sent a mobile clinic to the village, where three children lost their lives to different diseases.

    Most of the affected families have houses near the mountain, from which huge boulders are falling. Nazar Muhammad, one of the displaced people, is living under the open sky along with six family members.

    "Currently the weather is not that bad. But after some days, conditions may become chilly and it will be hard for us to live like this," he said.

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