More than 2,100 people are dead after two landslides occurred in northeastern Afghanistan on Friday, May 2, 2014.
The landslides engulfed the remote Afghani town of Hobo Barik in the Badakhshan province of the country, enclosed between the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges, on Friday afternoon, burying more than 300 homes in the area, according to The Associated Press.
"On behalf of the U.N. humanitarian agencies, I wish to extend our condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones as a result of these landslides. There have now been more Afghans killed through natural disasters in the past seven days than all of 2013," Mark Bowden, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, said.
Reuters quoted an Afghan official as saying that more than 2,100 people were killed.
The second landslide occurred as rescuers and villagers tried to find people from the first slide. It buried them and other homes in the area, The AP reported.
"There have been heavy showers and storms in the area over the last few days," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
Following the slide, nearby towns were evacuated in case of another landslide.
Afghans search for survivors after a massive landslide buried a village Friday, May 2, 2014, in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, which Afghan and U.N. officials say left hundreds of dead and missing missing. (AP Photo/Ahmad Zubair)
Aside from the area's rugged and mountainous terrain, more wet weather may hinder search-and-rescue efforts.
"Showers and thunderstorms will be a daily occurrence across the Badakhshan province into next week," Samuhel said. "The region's wettest weather is usually in April and May."
The United Nations Assistance Mission in the country and authorities already on the ground in the region are working together to try and rescue those still entrapped.
However, lack of equipment is halting some rescue crews, according to the Associated Press.
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