Thousands missing after Afghan landslide

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Landslide followed a week of heavy rain and melting spring snows
Landslide followed a week of heavy rain and melting spring snows
The landslide destroyed a village in northeastern Afghanistan
The landslide destroyed a village in northeastern Afghanistan
Villagers search for missing people
Villagers search for missing people

More than 2,000 people are trapped after a landslide smashed into a village in a remote mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan.

More than 1,000 families were living in that village.

A senior police official earlier said up to 500 people were missing, believed dead.

Three bodies have been pulled out of the rubble in Argo district and at least 100 people are being treated for injuries.

The landslide, which follows a week of heavy rain at a time of melting spring snow, crushed hundreds of houses and damaged hundreds more, he said.     

Villagers were attempting to recover their possessions after a smaller landslide crashed into the village.

No one was hurt in the first slide, officials said. The second deadly slide struck a few hours later.

President Hamid Karzai ordered Afghan officials to start emergency relief efforts immediately, a palace statement said.