Up to 500 Missing, Believed Dead, in Afghanistan Landslide: Official

Mountains in Afghanistan
Mountains in Afghanistan Mark Wilson/Pool/Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - Up to 500 people are missing, believed dead, after a landslide smashed into a village in a remote mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan on Friday, a senior police official said.

"At least 400 to 500 people are still under a huge landslide, and they are all believed to be dead. This number may increase," Colonel Abdul Qadeer Sayad, a deputy police chief of Badakhshan province, told Reuters.