A series of heavy rains triggered landslides and buried a village in Abi Barik located in Argo District, Badakhshan Province, causing significant loss of lives and widespread damage to homes and agriculture.
The initial report indicates that in total 1,000 families resided in the affected village. Approximately, 2,100 people from 300 families have been confirmed dead and people from the rest of the 700 families are either missing, displaced, and are at severe risk of further landslide in the area.
The death toll is expected to increase as rescue efforts by Afghan National Army, national police, and local people are underway to remove people trapped under debris. Owing to the nature of the massive disaster, it remains beyond human ability to reach and remove all the deceased.
President Hamid Karzai ordered Afghan officials to immediately start emergency relief efforts in the affected village.
Badakhshan is a remote and mountainous province with hard geography in northeast Afghanistan (bordering Tajikistan, China, and Pakistan). The province is extremely susceptible to natural disasters and experiences flooding, earthquakes, avalanches, landslides, and drought which are causing frequent loss of lives, livelihoods, and property.
CWS-P/A is currently monitoring the situation and is in close contact with ANDMA and local partners. CWS-P/A’s Afghanistan team is on standby in case the need arises to respond.