At least 500 dead and 2,100 trapped in Afghanistan landslide

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Some 500 people have died in a landslide in northeastern Afghanistan, according to a police official.

The incident occurred in the remote, mountainous province of Badakhshan. A spokesperson for the region’s local governor says around 2,100 people are trapped under the rubble.

Three bodies have been recovered from the debris in Argo district and at least 100 people are reportedly being treated for injuries.

Locals were attempting to recover their possessions after a smaller landslide – during which no one was hurt – had crashed into the village a few hours earlier.