5 May 2014: Afghanistan – Landslide and floods

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Argo district - LANDSLIDE

• On 2 May at around 11.00 a.m. local time in Afghanistan, a landslide occurred in the Nowbad area of Abi-Barik village. The village is located in the Argo district of the eastern province of Badakhshan.

• The number of people killed by the massive landslide is still not certain as of late on 4 May. According to local officials quoted by OCHA, more than 350 people have been killed and more are still missing.
The local estimations say more than 2 000 people are presumed dead.
The landslide destroyed around 300 houses in the village of Abi-Barik and affected approx. 1 000 families, 700 of which were displaced.

Afghanistan - FLOODS

• Meanwhile, the number of provinces affected by floods caused by heavy rainfall since the last week of April is rising. On 1 May, new floods occurred in Baghlan and Samangan provinces. In addition to Jawzjan, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul and Balkh, the provinces of Bagdghis, Hirat, Samangan, Badakhshan, Baghlan and Takhar were added to the list (see inset map).

• As of 3 May (OCHA), there were 159 people killed, 10 176 families affected, 1 145 houses destroyed and 2 951 others damaged in a total of 44 districts. Worst affected were the provinces of Jawzjan, Faryab and Sa-e-pul. Local media reported damaged houses by heavy rainfall on 4 May also in the capital Kabul.

Forecast: Heavy rainfall and snow melt could still cause flooding on 5-6 May in western Hirat, north-western Ghor, eastern Sar-e-Pul and western Samangan provinces (OCHA).

Sources: ECHO, OCHA (1, 2, 3), UNOSAT, Media, COD (map districts) .