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Landslide Kills 2,000 in Afghanistan’s Biggest Disaster

At least 2,000 people were killed by landslides in northeastern Afghanistan in the worst natural disaster on record for the war-torn nation, an UN official said.

The accident site in Badakhshan province has been declared a mass grave after the village of Ab-e-Barak was buried under 40 meters (130 feet) of mud and rocks, said Governor Shah Waliullah Adeeb. An additional 4,000 people have been displaced or relocated from villages at risk, according to Ari Gaitanis, a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Gaitanis provided the latest death toll today.