The Disaster: On Friday afternoon, May 2nd, when most families were home preparing for worship, the first of two massive mudslides ripped through the town of Abi-Barak in the Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan instantly burying over 300 houses. As neighbors and villagers from a nearby village rushed into the area to help, a second, equally large part of the hill released and smothered these would-be heroes in rocks and mud. Best estimates for casualties are 2,100 buried in the first slide and 600 more in the second; due to the colossal amount of detritus (33 to 98 feet deep) few were rescued. The slides were caused by weeks of heavy rain adding to soil already saturated with spring snowmelt; it was Afghanistan’s worst natural disaster in two decades.
State of Recovery: Much of the town has been evacuated, with the mudslide area being left as a mass grave for the deceased. There are 4,000 families living at high elevation without adequate shelter according to the latest United Nations report.
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