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Landslide damages 100 houses in Balkh

Landslide damages 100 houses in Balkh

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Apr 06, 2011 - 15:25

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): More than 100 houses have been damaged in a landslide in northern Balkh province, with residents fleeing homes in panic, local officials said on Wednesday.

Another 50 house are threatened after a cave-in began at about 4:00am in Parwaz village of Marmal district, the district chief said.

"The natural disaster is still ongoing. About 100 houses have completely been destroyed," Sher Ahmad Abu Tariq told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Womeninfo-icon and children were among hundreds of people left homes in panic as the landslide continued.

"The sliding is slow and a gradual caving in of houses is continuing. In some places the land had slid 50 metres down," he said.  There were no casualties as people had vacated their homes, he said.

The slide destroyed farmlands, orchards and crop fields, causing losses to people. Police had been sent to the area to evacuate residents to safer places, the district chief said, calling on provincial high ups for help.

It was unknown what caused the landslide, but local officials say the area is rife with landmines.

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