An Afghan woman cries after she lost her family in a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province May 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)
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Aid groups Sunday rushed to help survivors of a landslide in northern Afghanistan that entombed a village, killed hundreds of people and left 700 families homeless in the mountains.Much of Aab Bareek village in Badakhshan province was swallowed Friday by a fast-moving tide of mud and rock that swept down the hillside and left almost no trace of 300 homes.Many villagers were at Friday prayers in two mosques when they were engulfed by the torrent of mud, and a second landslide hit people who came to help those in need.The landslides follow recent severe flooding in other parts of northern Afghanistan, with 159 people dead and 71,000 people affected by floods in Jowzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces.Flooding and landslides often occur during the spring rainy season in northern Afghanistan, with flimsy mud houses offering little protection against rising water levels and torrents of mud.
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