KABUL — Dozens of Afghans died after a landslide caused by earthquakes buried a remote village in a rugged region of northeastern Afghanistan, a senior official said Tuesday.
Rescue workers with bulldozers were struggling to reach the affected village in Baghlan province a day after two successive quakes with an estimated magnitude of 5.4, Baghlan’s governor, Abdul Majid, said by telephone.
A recent flood had washed out the few dirt roads linking the impoverished village with the outside world, hampering the arrival of rescue workers to the area.
“The village has been buried in the landslide. We believe that between 50 to 100 people have died,” Majid said. “We can’t give an exact number now. Things will be clearer by late evening.”
The village — made up of mud homes, like many enclaves in rural Afghanistan — was also affected by a 2002 quake that caused more than 2,000 deaths.