(CNN) — Hundreds of people are feared dead following deep, devastating landslides Friday in a remote, mountainous part of far northeastern Afghanistan, a provincial governor said.
A landslide crashed down around noon in an area with some 300 homes in the district of Argo in Badakhshan province, the area’s governor, Shah Waliullah Adeeb, said. Citing reports from tribal elders and district council members he added that a wedding ceremony was taking place in that area at the time.
Close to 600 people from a nearby village then came to help dig people out when a new landslide struck, Adeeb said.
The provincial governor said there are 2,700 dead, an estimate based on the premise that some houses were occupied, the number of wedding attendees and those who came to help only to get buried themselves.