Deadly Landslides and Floods in Badakhshan, Afghanistan

Officials fear the death toll from a landslide that struck on 2 May 2014 in Abe Bareek village in Argo District, Badakhshan Province, could rise to as high as 2,500.

The landslide came after several days of heavy rain in the area, and possibilities of further landslides remain extremely high.

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Abe Bareek Landslide. Photo: Bilala Sarwary @ twitter

Abi Barik village is home to around 1,000 families. Initial reports suggest that at least 300 houses have been completely destroyed and 350 deaths have been confirmed by local officials. More thorough assessments of the damage are proving difficult due to the huge amount of mud and debris left by the landslide.

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Heavy monsoon rainfall that first began on 24 April has resulted in flooding in several provinces of northern Afghanistan, as reported by FloodList here.

Reports now say that over 70,000 people across 10 different Afghanistan provinces have been affected by floods since late April. Over 1,000 homes have been destroyed and 3,000 damaged, leaving as many as 16,000 people displaced. Around 160 people have been killed by floods or landslides since late April, not including the most recent landslide disaster in Abi Barik village.

The provinces affected by floods are:

  • Takhar
  • Baghlan
  • Badakhshan
  • Jowzjan
  • Faryab
  • Sar-e-Pol
  • Balkh
  • Samangan
  • Herat
  • Badghis

Heavy rain and snow melt is still affecting parts of the country and flash flooding and landslides still remain a danger for many. Kabul has seen some flooding over the last few days.

Forecasts suggest that flash floods are also likely to spread to other areas, including Kunduz and Ghor provinces.