May 2 - U.S. President Barack Obama expresses concern, offers support to Afghanistan after a massive landslide in the North left more than 2,000 people missing. Mana Rabiee reports.
NOTE: PART MUTE In this remote mountain area of northern Afghanistan, a village should be here. The village, and more than 2,000 of its inhabitants, are reportedly trapped under the earth, after a landslide on Friday. It crushed hundreds of houses and damaged hundreds more, a police official said. The landslide happened as villagers were trying to recover their belongings follwoing a smaller slide that crashed into the village a few hours before. No one was reportedly hurt in that slide, but then the second deadly one hit. From Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his concern, and offered American support, to Afghanistan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We are seeing reports of a devastating landslide on top of recent floods. Many people are reported missing. Rescue efforts are on their way. Just as the United States has stood with the people of Afghanistan through a difficult decade, we stand ready to help our Afghan partners as they respond to this disaster for even as our war comes to an end this year, our commitment to Afghanistan and its people will endure." The landslide comes after a week of heavy rain just when the spring snow is melting. Several bodies have been pulled out of the rubble and at least 100 people were reported injured. A massive search and rescue effort is reportedly underway.