3 May 2014

UNICEF is helping children and families in northeastern Afghanistan after a major landslide hit the area in the Badakhshan province.

The number of casualties from the landslide has not yet been confirmed, but the death toll is expected to be high.

UNICEF staff visited the area on 3 May to assess the situation and start helping the families affected.

"Our first priority was to get water supplies going," said Andrew Morris of UNICEF Aghansitan, in an interview with the Press Association. "People had just a few bottles of water handed out yesterday. At the same time we are urgently looking at sanitation.

"Then we have to help children to overcome this traumatic event. We have got to get them back to school as soon as we can. That is part of the return to normalcy."

UNICEF is also helpng families in the northern region of Afghanistan, where a recent flood has affected tens of thousands.

 
This child was rescued earlier this week after flash floods hit northern Afghanistan. © UNICEF Afghanistan
This child was rescued earlier this week after flash floods hit northern Afghanistan.© UNICEF Afghanistan