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Kabul, 7 May 2014(TOLO/ENNA) - The number of people affected by the landslides has risen to more than 90,000 in 14 Provinces, according to the Afghan government. Meanwhile for survivors, concerns over the management of supplies and financial donations continue to grow, as it becomes clear that long term support will be needed.

Catastrophic landslides engulfed the 3 villages of Abb Bareek in northern Badakhshan province, on 2nd May 2014, burying what is feared to be hundreds of people and destroying homes and livelihoods.

Afghan officials have said that exact casualty numbers will remain unknown until excavations efforts are completed. Deputy of Natural Disaster Preparation, Muhammad Aslam Seyas, said that efforts were ongoing to dig out victims of the landslide from the immense mound of rock and mud that buried an entire village in Argo district last week.

"So far, 292 individuals killed by the landslide have been identified," Seyas said. "This number is based on our review and our documents and evidence, but the number of dead might increase as people are still stuck under the soil."

Although sympathy and financial support has poured in from around the country since news of the landslide spread, many are concerned about mismanagement and corruption getting in the way of relief efforts for the many local residents injured and displaced by the disaster.


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Argo survivors have faced a lack of shelter, food, water and medical supplies over the past few days. Aside from potential mismanagement issues, the area in which the landslide took place is an extremely remote part of Afghanistan and poses difficulties for the transportation of supplies.

Seyas said donations from inside Afghanistan would be managed by local officials in Badakhshan. However, President Karzai has reportedly asked the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Rural Development to manage the process of aid distribution from both domestic and international donors.

Jawad Jawid, spokesman for the Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat, said that the President has appointed a committee led by the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in coordination with the Emergency Committee to help the victims of the landslide. This announcement came just a day after civil society groups called for a specialized commission to be formed to oversee relief work.

One of the chief concerns has been the possibility of more landslides in the area. Therefore civil society groups called for the resettlement of local residents to prevent further deaths.

Fatema Gillani, the head of Afghan Red Crescent, said 100 houses would be built for survivors of the landslide. "We have decided to build houses for those affected, meaning houses with better bathrooms, better windows and doors," she said.



Read how some of ENNA's/BAAG's members have responded to the Afghan landslides & their observations on the relief operation: