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May 5, 2014

Afghanistan landslide: Rescuers give up hope of survivors

2,100 people are thought to be buried by the landslides that hit a remote area in northern Afghanistan. Officials say the site has become a mass grave for the village of Abi Barak. After the landslide struck on Friday, residents from a nearby village rushed to the scene to help dig people out and the second landslide struck, killing many of the rescuers. Rescue efforts on now focused on the displaced survivors. --Thea Breite (18 photos total)

An aerial view shows the site of Friday's landslide that buried Abi Barak village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, Monday, May 5, 2014. (Rahmat Gul/AP)

A crane remove debris in order to search for victims of the landslide, in Argu village, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, May 3, 2014. At least 260 people have been found dead and 300 families are still missing and feared dead in the mudslide in the northeastern Afghanistan village of Abi Barak in Argu district. About 2,000 fled the area, police said. The disaster occurred May 2 after heavy rainfall in the mountainous province of Badakhshan, burying an entire village. (NASIR WAQIF/EPA) #

An Afghan villager cries as she sits on top of a mud field at the scene in Argo district of Badakhshan Province on May 3, 2014. Rescuers searched in vain for survivors after a landslide buried an Afghan village. Local people made desperate efforts to find victims trapped under a massive river of mud that engulfed Abi Barak village in Badakhshan Province, where little sign remained of hundreds of destroyed homes. (Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Afghan villagers pray over the site of a landslide in the Argo district of Badakhshan province on May 3, 2014. Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Afghan woman cries after she lost her family in a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan Province May 4, 2014. Afghan officials gave up hope of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) #

People search for the bodies of the victims of the landslide-hit Argu village in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, May 4, 2014. The Afghan government declared the Argu village a mass grave and suspended search and rescue operations. (Nasir Waqift/EPA) #

Villagers gather near tents in this aerial photograph ofAbi Barak village at Argo district of Badakhshan on May 5, 2014. Afghan officials said they plan to build new houses for hundreds of families made homeless by a landslide that entombed a northeastern village and killed at least 300 people. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images) #

An orphaned young Afghan villager, who lost his family in the landslide, lies in the dirt as he grieves at the scene in Abi Barak village in Argo district of Badakhshan on May 5, 2014. A total of 700 families were left homeless in the mountains. (Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Displaced Afghans wait for aid near the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan Province May 5, 2014. Grief-stricken and desititute Afghan villagers vented anger with their government as they scrambled for emergency aid, three days after deadly landslides engulfed their homes. Some 300 homes in Abi Barak, a village in the Argo district of Badakhshan, a remote and mountainous northeastern province, were buried under up to 50 metres of earth and debris. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) #

Afghan villagers near the scene of the landslide in Abi Barak village in Argo district of Badakhshan on May 5, 2014. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images) #

A grieving Afghan villager receives assistance from other villagers in Abi Barak village in the Argo district of Badakhshan on May 5, 2014. (Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Villagers look at the scene of the massive landslide at Abi Barak village in Argo district of Badakhshan on May 5, 2014. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images) #

The mud and rocks of the landslide are seenin this aerial view of Abi Barak village at Argo district in Badakhshan Province on May 5, 2014. (Wakil Kohsar/Getty Images) #

Afghan survivors mourn their relatives at the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan Province May 5, 2014. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) #

Survivors try to get donations near the site of Friday's landslide that buried Abi Barakvillage in Badakhshan Province, northeastern Afghanistan, Monday, May 5, 2014. Stranded and with no homes, many of the families have struggled to get aid. Some have gone to nearby villages to stay with relatives or friends, while others have slept in tents provided by aid groups. The unlucky ones have slept outside.(Massoud Hossaini/AP) #

Afghan villagers dig through dirt at the scene in the landslide-hit Abi Barak village in Argo district of Badakhshan on May 5, 2014. (Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images) #

A displaced Afghan man sits at the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan Province May 5, 2014. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) #

Survivors walk and search for their relatives' bodies at the site of Friday's landslide that buried Abi Barak village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, Monday, May 5, 2014. As Afghans observed a day of mourning Sunday for the hundreds of people killed in a horrific landslide, authorities tried to help the 700 families displaced by the torrent of mud that swept through their village. (Massoud Hossaini/AP) #

 
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