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Hundreds trapped as landslide blocks highway

Hundreds trapped as landslide blocks highway

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Apr 12, 2011 - 18:13

GARDEZ (PANinfo-icon): A landslide, triggered by heavy rains, blocked on Tuesday a portion of the Khost-Gardez highway in southern Ghazni province, leaving hundreds of passenger vehicles stranded, an official said.

The massive landside in the Sat-i-Kandaw area hit three trucks, a commuter named Noman told Pajhwok Afghan News. He reached Gardez after remaining trapped for eight hours.

Hundreds of people, including womeninfo-icon and children, were stranded due to the road blockade, he said

Public Works Director Obaidullah Durrani said they had sent workers and road-clearing machines to the area to reopen the highway. He hoped the road would be reopened later in the day.

The official said the highway was a busy trade route, with thousands of vehicles travelling it daily. Portions of the highway damaged by heavy rains and landslides would be repaired soon, he promised.

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