Fifty killed in Afghanistan earthquake

Kabul: Afghan officials say as many as 50 people are believed entombed under tons of rock and stone that buried a village in a landslide after earthquakes in northern Afghanistan.

Gov Abdul Majid of Baghlan province on Tuesday reached Burka district — a remote mountain area about a four-hour drive from the provincial capital of Pul-e-Khumri.

 Fifty killed in Afghanistan earthquake

An earthquake in Afghanistan triggered a landslide which buried mud homes in a mountain village.

He says a bulldozer is working to uncover the bodies of those killed in Monday's landslide after twin earthquakes, measuring 5.4 and 5.7, struck the region.

Rescuers have so far pulled two women's bodies from the rubble. The governor says it's unlikely that anyone will be found alive.

On Monday, local officials said they feared that as many as 100 people died, but the governor revised the toll to 50 or fewer.


Updated Date: Jun 12, 2012 20:07:44 IST