Survivors Struggle After Afghan Slide

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Survivors are still struggling three days after a landslide swept through the village of Abi Barik, Afghanistan. The landslide buried entire houses and hundreds of people, with hundreds more stranded and struggling to get aid. (May 5)

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Abi Barik, Afghanistan - May 5, 2014

1. Wide of houses under mud in the village of Abi Barik

2. Various of villagers gathering at scene of mudslide

3. Various of villagers using spades to clear mud

4. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Hashmat Khan, Villager:

"Six members of the same family were trapped here. We rescued two people who were wounded, and removed two bodies, while we were searching."

5. Wide of village

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6. Wide of trucks bringing in aid

7. Wide of soldiers at an aid distribution point

8. Mid of women sitting with aid packages

9. Mid of young girls looking around

10. SOUNDBITE (Uzbek) Gul Naz, landslide survivor: (see script)

11. Mid of women in children under a tent

12.Various of children

13. Mid of child eating a biscuit

14. Close of bottles of donated medicine on a table

15. Mid of aid workers from the Afghan Red Crescent

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

THE SEARCH FOR VICTIMS CONTINUES THREE DAYS AFTER THE EARTH SWEPT THROUGH THE AFGHAN VILLAGE OF ABI BARIK, KILLING HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE.

OFFICIALS SAY IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO BRING UP ALL THE BODIES.

STILL MANY VILLAGERS HAVE CONTINUED DIGGING ON THEIR OWN.

SOUNDBITE (Dari) Hashmat Khan, Villager:

"Six members of the same family were trapped here. We rescued two people who were wounded, and removed two bodies, while we were searching."

THERE'S NO OFFICIAL ESTIMATE ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DIED. IT COULD BE SEVERAL HUNDRED TO SEVERAL THOUSAND.

THE LANDSLIDE FRIDAY ALSO DESTROYED 300 HOMES AND DISPLACED HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES.

LEFT STRANDED, MANY OF THE FAMILIES HAVE STRUGGLED TO GET AID

SOUNDBITE (Uzbek) Gul Naz, landslide survivor:

"We have lost all our belongings, our property. We had many problems rescuing each other, some of our family members were killed, and right now we are living in a desert."

THE SCHOOL BUILDING SURVIVED.

YET UNDER THE THREAT OF FURTHER LANDSLIDES AND FLOODING THE SURVIVING CHILDREN HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO ATTEND SCHOOL.

FRIDAY'S LANDSLIDE WAS LIKELY TRIGGERED BY HEAVY RAINS THAT HAVE FALLEN ACROSS NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN IN RECENT WEEKS.

SALIM ESSAID, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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