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Afghan Police, Villagers Clash at Site of Massive Landslide

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Afghan police fired shots into the air Tuesday to disperse villagers demanding aid at the site of a massive landslide in northeastern Afghanistan.

Authorities say no one was injured when several people rushed toward a truck carrying emergency supplies to those affected by last week's landslide.

Hundreds of people in the village of Abi Barik in Badakhshan province were buried when the side of a mountain collapsed following days of heavy rain. At least 2,000 people have been displaced in one of the worst natural disasters to hit Afghanistan.

Officials are struggling to get aid to the remote Argo district. Tensions are high as some witnesses say residents of nearby villages have traveled to the district to get handouts of food and other supplies.

The deputy director of Afghanistan's disaster management agency, Mohammad Aslam Syass, told VOA's Afghanistan service that despite the presence of relief teams on the scene, "we will face many problems and difficulties in aid management and distribution during this time and until the end of this big tragedy."