On Saturday, April 12, 2014, heavy rains and a 4.1 magnitude earthquake triggered landslides in Afghanistan’s Takhar Province. At least four people have been killed and 100 houses were destroyed. The death toll is expected to increase as rescue efforts to remove people trapped under debris are underway.
Damaged roads which were flooded make the rescue efforts by Afghan police forces and rescue teams more difficult.
Government officials shared that residents of the province moved to higher ground for safety.
The province is approximately 245 kilometers from Kabul, and landslides occasionally occur during the spring rainy season in this mountainous region.
CWS-P/A is currently monitoring the situation and is in contact with the line departments and ready to initiate its relief activities for the affected communities. CWS-P/A’s emergency response team is on standby in case the need arises to respond.